The citrus fruit list is extensive. We will only consider a few here, and why we should be enjoying them on a daily basis.
It only occurred to me recently that the two richest sources of vitamin C, namely all these from what we might roughly call oranges and lemons, and the pepper family are at their best just before winter when colds and flu abound.
This page was last updated by Bernard Preston on 18th June, 2021.
Of course, you can get them nearly year-round now, but both citrus and peppers, to my mind, are at their best in late summer, and early winter.
In short eat what's in season.
Their other great value is all the bioflavonoids that are so vital for sparkling-vitality.
Not forgetting to mention their wonderful flavour. Freshly-squeezed OJ really makes a chicken roast, and lemon or lime juice straight from the garden makes the perfect green salad dressing, mixed with olive oil and some herbs.
Whenever you move into a new home, so the saying goes, first plant a lemon tree. I go along with that, but of course in areas like Chicago where I did my training, coming up forty-years ago now, it would have to be in a pot.
If you enjoy reading, you will love the book about citrus in Italy. "The land where lemons grow" is one of my favourites.
Now many of us I suspect consider it just too tiresome and time-consuming to squeeze your own juice; rather just use OJ. Only there is a problem; that is yet another highly refined food, like white bread, with a very high glycemic index; it will definitely make you fat.
So, today I decided to time just how long it takes to get it done.
From whole-fruit into a jug takes a lot less than you might think.
It took 30-seconds to halve these from our citrus fruit list in readiness for pressing.
Citrus fruit list keeps colds and flu at bay and tastes of heaven.
It then took another 90-seconds to press the halved fruit; so, two minutes in total.
This morning my nine-year old granddaughter asked to help. She took rather long to squeeze the juice, but what a wonderful privilege it was to do it with her. Just watching her eyes light up when she tasted the drink made my morning.
The juice is really very concentrated, so I add some water to dilute it; you can decide how much.
And I cheat just a tad; with the lime and lemon it is rather sour, so for the Little People I add one teaspoon of raw honey dissolved in warm water. It is very important that they become accustomed to the taste of real food, and that not everything must melt in your mouth and be super-sweet.
It is a great privilege sharing a home with our grandchildren; we like to think our love of choice nutritious food will rub off on them. You should just see our 3-year old grandson demanding Eggs Florentine for breakfast.
Popeye thought it a good idea to start the day with spinach, and how right he was. I am hoping the lad will be the next keeper in the family. My children love raw honey but alas they could not be bothered with bees; or their stings.
Two-minutes in total is all it took to cut and press our five choice examples from the citrus fruit list in our garden.
Notice that we definitely do not use the strainer. More than half the nutrients are found in the pulp; a few pips find their way through, but that is a very small problem. They float mostly and are easily removed with a teaspoon.
Now we have fresh citrus-juice, with a much lower GI because of all the fibre. And far more nutrients because it has not been pasteurized, and still has all the pulp.
In short always use the lemon pulp too.
Enjoy because it makes the perfect-breakfast even better. The taste is to die for; goodbye OJ.
Pollination of citrus by honeybees is important, though it varies significantly from one variety to another. The Marsh-grapefruit for example has a fourfold increase in production if our little friends are in the orchard, but there is little improvement with Valencia oranges.
Pollination of citrus by honey bees research was done at the University of Florida.
In this regard swarming-bees may be a very important factor in the citrus fruit list.
Lime nutrition tells the story of limonin, the phytonutrient that gives the citrus fruit list its sour taste. Food companies are trying to reduce it in our OJ but it is the very reason why oranges and lemons give protection against many tumours, and even your nerves.
Lime marmalade is our all-time favourite; look to regularly enjoy diverse members of the citrus fruit list.
Another slant on the benefits of limes is to be found together with tips on how to freeze them so that you can have a supply year-round.
Growing lemon trees really is very easy unless you live in the frozen-north; arguably it is the most important on your citrus fruit list.
First thing when moving into a new home is to plant a lemon-tree; so went the now largely forgotten housewive's legend. They are a vital part of the citrus fruit list, some saying they give you an alkalizing effect.
That is difficult to swallow with all the citric-acid present.
Loaded with golden-yellow fruit it makes the perfect decorative tree, even in a pot if you live in Chicagoland, and the scent of the flowers in the spring is to die for.
Growing lemon trees is not difficult; we have three in our garden, one newly-planted to replace our now very elderly Meyer that still comes faithfully to the party every season; and still it lives on, nearly forty-year old.
They are susceptible to fruit-fly damage, and other pests such as aphids. The solution is easy to make at home, or from white oil manufacturers; get instructions on how to mix it. It is perfectly organic with no toxic chemicals.
You could use the wee from a doggy-poo worm farm to fertilize all the trees on your citrus fruit list; I do not for reasons given at the link above.
This Lemon Drop Drink Recipe takes a lot of beating on a hot summer's day; a tenth of the price and none of the side-effects of those nasty colas. The average American today consumes over half a cup of sugar per day, much of which is in beverages.
If you have your own tree then you may be interested in freezing lemon juice.
Orange juice bioflavonoids are the anti-oxidants that give protection against so many nasties. However, they are severely reduced in OJ from a carton, as is the calcium and vitamin C; worse, the glycemic index of OJ is high, making it very fattening, but that is not true of freshly-squeezed orange juice facts. Whatever, enjoy as many as you can daily from the citrus fruit list.
For that of course you need an orange juice press but they are not expensive. Ours is used daily for at least nine months of the year. I cannot remember when last Helen or I had the flu. We call it our viral-guard. We have been vaccinated against Covid, yet are not terrified of it, perhaps naively.
Whilst the calories in orange juice bought in cartons certainly need to be reckoned with, because of its lower GI you need not be anxious about home-pressed OJ. Still, it is wise to dilute it with unchlorinated water.
Read more about these and many other details at our orange-juice facts page.
This mandarin orange tree is a favourite with the grandchildren, and it adds one more citrus fruit to the drink that I make up every morning in season; as I've already said, we call it our viral-guard.
Citrus of course tops the list in preventing these nasty vitamin C deficiency symptoms. Second is the pepper family. Because it is water-soluble it needs to be consumed daily; otherwise we become fatigued and tissues will not heal properly.
Every gem from our citrus fruit list is in flower; the scent is stunning with the prospect of citrus flavoured honey in the offing.
If you have access to raw honey, then making honey mead might be something for you, if you love a tipple and are looking for a new challenge. Sterilization of the bottles to keep out unwanted yeasts is part of the deal; it is tiresome.
How apple cider is made is a subject that will only trouble you if you have access to the fruit for little or nothing; there are two oranges in the recipe. Or if during lock-down during the coronavirus pandemic there is a ban on the purchase of alcohol.
Age-onset macular degeneration is one of the most serious causes of blindness in the elderly, and largely it is preventable with sufficient lutein and zeaxanthin in the diet.
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These two carotenes are taken up by the macula of the eye where they protect the cones against damaging high frequency radiation.
Corn and egg yolks are the main sources of zeaxanthin, and green leafy vegetables of lutein. Of interest is that the citrus fruit list and orange peppers are two of the few foods that have both.
Read more about the xanthophyll content in fruits, vegetables, corn and egg products for other sources of these two vital carotenes.
Unfortunately they only researched orange juice from a frozen concentrate, and not the whole fruit, or freshly squeezed juice including the pulp.
Kale, spinach, romaine lettuce, parsely and cilantro are the best sources of lutein. Orange peppers and citrus, corn, egg yolks and scallions are the best sources of zeaxanthin.
Use the Site Search function in the navigation bar on your left to find the links to those topics highlighted such as zeaxanthin in bold.
Citrus honey is very light, does not readily set and has a wonderful delicate flavour. My father had an orange farm in my youth and I have wonderful memories of the nectar.
However I have not the experience of a few acres of lemons, or grapefruit, for example to know what the difference is from the whole citrus fruit list; I am sure it is all good. Certainly we have lime and lemon trees in our garden along with the mandarins and oranges, and the Spring honey is wonderful.
Orange blossom honey does not set that well, which some prefer but I not, so we turn some into creamed clover honey; well, actually citrus but they are very similar in texture though not in flavour; both are excellent.
Do you want to know how to start beekeeping; it is been the hobby of a lifetime for me; and it goes perfectly with a citrus orchard if you have one.
Just one glass daily of freshly squeezed OJ is all it would have taken to have saved America from 200,000 wheelchairs. Spina bifida and orange juice is a subject that every woman of child-bearing age should know about; in fact any member of the citrus fruit list.
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