Citrus season is one of the best times of year. The farmers markets are loaded with varieties of oranges like tangerine, blood, navel, valencia, satsuma and cara cara, lemons, limes and grapefruits; this is a great breakdown of all the orange varieties. The flavor profiles range from sweet to tart, sometimes pungent; there are an infinite amount of ways to incorporate it into your diet.
But why, you ask? Here are the benefits: The flavanoids in citrus fruits are great sources of antioxidants, helping to alkalize your pH levels and improve blood flow. So basically, citrus helps your cardiovascular system and digestive system (which translates to a healthy gut and glowing skin). Citrus fruits are also extremely high in vitamin C and potassium. Vitamin C assists in the synthesis of collagen, which is what helps your cuts, scrapes and scars heal. Potassium is essential for nerve function.
Here are 3 Easy Ways To Enjoy Citrus at Home:
2. ZEST: The skin is the best part! You can add orange, lemon and lime zest to just about anything – play with incorporating it in your salad dressings, morning oatmeal or chia pudding, marinades and more. This is a great zester.
3. SWEET: Segment your citrus (read about our favorite trick here), then assemble it on a plate and sprinkle either light brown sugar or light agave and some toasted nuts. Voila! Another option is a super healthy sorbet, like Martha’s Red Grapefruit Sorbet recipe. You can even try making a marmalade, preserve, or Candied Citrus Peels (<– zomg! #mouthwatering)
HOW TO STORE CITRUS: Keep at room temperature up to 1 week in a well-circulated basket, or store in an airtight bag in refrigerator draw for up to 2 months.