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The Secrets of Citrus

Posted by: Patrick Catanzariti on June 28, 2016

The Secrets of Citrus

We use citrus in everything, from juice, cocktails and cakes to cleaning the house. But how much do you know about this fruit family?

  • They’re more than just vitamin C. We’ll go straight for the one everyone knows. Citrus = packed with vitamin C. That’s why citrus starts with a C (note: this is not true). One medium orange can deliver you almost your entire recommended daily vitamin C needs in one convenient package. Vitamin C is essential for humans, and its benefits range from boosting the immune system to helping prevent cancers to keeping your skin young.Citrus is also a good source of antioxidants, vitamin A and dietary fibre. A study of nearly 70,000 women in the UK found that those who ate a high amount of citrus had a lower risk of stroke than those who didn’t. This is because the flavonoids found in citrus fruit improve blood vessel function.
  • Grapefruit get their name because they grow in clusters that look like – yep, you guessed it – really big grapes. They’re also thought to have originally been an accidental hybrid that originated in the 18th century. Grapefruit also have the most Vitamin C of all the citrus fruit, so look their way if you need a vitamin boost.
  • Oranges used to be considered a special treat because they were difficult to transport, and so were quite expensive. They were a traditional Christmas gift for children. Even though they’re still delicious, I don’t know how popular Santa would be these days if he still brought oranges instead of toys!
  • Lemons are good for more than just putting in your drink! Use them to stop cut fruit and vegies turning brown, lighten your hair or even in the laundry to whiten white clothes!
  • Because there are so many different types of citrus, you can get your citrus fix no matter what time of year it is! Most varieties are in season during winter, but lemons and limes are at their peak in the warmer months, and the Valencia variety of orange is in season during summer.
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