I am writing this blog from the beautiful State of Florida, the second largest producer of citrus production in the world. With all of this citrus available to us, I felt it would be a great idea to discuss all the various kinds of citrus and a few of their healthful benefits.
According to the website Florida Citrus Mutual, “Christopher Columbus brought the first citrus to the New World in 1493. The early Spanish explorers, probably Ponce de Leon, planted the first orange trees around St. Augustine, Florida, sometime between 1513 and 1565.” Today, most of the citrus grown in Florida takes place in the southern two-thirds of the state. This is because it is the most unlikely areas for a freeze. Though there are some varieties of citrus that grow further north as well.
COMMON VARIETIES OF CITRUS FROM FLORIDA ARE:
Grapefruit: Flame (seedless), Marsh White and Ruby Red
Lemons: Bearss and Eureka
Limes: key lime
Mandarins: Satsumas (peels like an orange and tastes like a tangerine)
Oranges: Navel, Temple and Valencia are a few of the most popular of oranges grown in Florida.
CITRUS AND YOUR HEALTH*:
Many citrus fruits provide a healthy amount of Vitamin C and Potassium.
The following information is helpful to know when considering putting citrus into your diet.
Oranges: According to the Florida Department of Citrus, “A glass of 100% orange juice contains vitamin C, vitamin B6, thiamin, riboflavin, folate, and potassium.” Oranges are also high in fiber, low in calories
Grapefruit: Potassium and Vitamin C.
Tangerines: Potassium, Vitamin C. High in fiber, low in calories.
Lemons/Limes: Potassium, Vitamin C.
CITRUS SMOOTHIE RECIPE: Here is a great smoothie that is sure to satisfy
Recipe makes three 8 oz smoothies:
Make one quart of fresh lemon/limeade with honey:
Juice two lemons (deseed) Juice three limes (deseed)
This should give you ¼ cup of each to total ½ cup of juice
¼ cup honey
3 cups of water
Put lemon/limeade into blender Add 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
1 cup frozen strawberries (or ¾ cup fresh)
Blend until smooth
Pour into three 8 oz plastic glasses
Cover and freeze in plastic glasses for at least an hour. They can be frozen for longer. Merely remove and sit out on counter for about ½ hour for a slushy-type drink.
*According to the Food and Drug Administration, grapefruit juice can interact with certain drugs. Please check with your doctor or pharmacists regarding any citrus and it’s interaction with your medication.
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