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Citrus fruit

Citruses: varieties, tricks, benefits, and recipe ideas

There are many different types of citrus fruit, and each one has its own charm. Step off the beaten path and try them all! Enjoy them fresh or cooked, there’s a citrus fruit for every taste.

ORANGE CARA CARA

CARA CARA ORANGE

  • Similar to the Navel orange but with a sweeter taste and coloured flesh
  • Great for juices and cocktails

MINEOLA

MINEOLA

  • Tart, juicy, and easy to peel
  • Great for basting meat

PINK LEMON

PINK LEMON

  • The most elegant of lemons with pink flesh and a sweet taste
  • Great for lemon pies

BLOOD ORANGE

BLOOD ORANGE

  • An electrifying coloured flesh with a delightfully sweet taste
  • Great for main course salads

CLEMENTINE WITH LEAVES

CLEMENTINE WITH LEAVES

  • Ripened on the tree, these clementines are juicy and slightly tart
  • Great for your lunchbox or as an on-the-go snack

RED GRAPEFRUIT

RED GRAPEFRUIT

  • The juiciest and sweetest of grapefruits, they’re a citrus juicer favourite
  • Great with seafood

UGLI FRUIT

UGLI FRUIT

  • The misshapen peel hides aromatic, slightly sweet flesh
  • Great with fish dishes

ORANGE WITH LEAVES

ORANGE WITH LEAVES

  • Ripened fully on the tree before being harvested, they have a sweet taste.
  • Great for your lunchbox or as an on-the-go snack

Sumon mandarines

Sumon mandarines

Sans pépins, facile à peler, juteux et très doux, l'agrume Sumo est une grosse mandarine avec une parenté orange.

POMELO

POMELO

  • Aromatic, firm flesh underneath a thick peel
  • Great for fruit salads

MEYER LEMON

MEYER LEMON

  • The best for juice with a slightly sweet taste
  • Great for lemon curds

KUMQUAT

KUMQUAT

  • The smallest citrus fruit with an edible peel and slightly bittersweet taste
  • Great for chutneys and marinades

Juice Orange

Juice Orange

  • Juicy flesh and sweet taste
  • Ideal for homemade orange juice

Halos mandarins

Halos mandarins

  • Sweet, juicy, seedless and easy to peel.
  • Ideal for lunches and snacks on the go.

Appreciated mostly for their savoury flesh, citrus fruit are also popular for their zest and the juice from their pulp. Jazz up your dishes with different citrus preparations.

Did you know?

  1. Choose citrus fruit that has smooth, firm, shiny skin and a weight that’s substantial for its size.
  2. Citrus fruit can be stored in the fridge for one to three weeks, depending on the variety. Avoid storing lemons and limes at room temperature as they’ll dry up more quickly if left on the counter. Citrus fruit can also be zested. Simply leave zest to dry out in the open for 2 to 3 hours to remove moisture and freeze.
  3. Citrus fruit are high in vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant that protects the body from the damage caused by free radicals
  4. Vitamin C plays a role in developing and maintaining healthy bones, cartilage, teeth and gums and helps the body absorb the iron found in foods.

Make it easier for your body to absorb the iron contained in spinach and legumes by adding orange or grapefruit segments to your salad.

Here are a few recipes featuring different citrus varieties, using the zest, juice, and even pulp of these delicious fruits.

Tricks for getting the most out of your citruses

In winter, they offer energy, and in summer, we eat them every chance we get. Citruses are a healthy must-have every day of the year! For a daily dose of vitamins from these fruit, especially during the cold season, here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  • Enjoy them as is: Citruses contain the nutrients needed to stay healthy. In addition to being a good source of fibre and vitamin C, these fruits are also full of antioxidants. To help your body get all the benefits that citrus fruit have to offer, press them for fresh juice or eat them whole, in segments.
  • To wash, or not to wash? That is the question. If you’re planning to use the zest in a recipe, it’s best to wash the peel with a brush, under running water, or to choose organic fruit that are free of pesticides.
  • Preserve them: Citruses keep at room temperature for a week. They offer more juice when stored this way. To make them last longer, keep them in the fridge. Did you know that you can freeze the juice and zest of citruses? Do this to have some on hand all year long, and use it to elevate any recipe!

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