Citrus fruit list is extensive. We'll 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.
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.
Their other great value is all the bioflavonoids that are so vital for sparkling good health.
Not to mention their wonderful flavour. Fresh OJ really makes a chicken roast, and lemon 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, the saying goes, first plant a lemon tree. I go along with that, but of course in areas like Chicago where I did my chiropractic training, coming up forty years ago now, it would have to be in a pot.
Citrus fruit list keeps colds and flu at bay and tastes of heaven.
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's a problem; it's yet another highly refined food, like white bread, with a very high glycemic index.
So, today I decided to time just how long it takes to get
from whole fruit into a jug. Less than you might think.
It took 30 seconds to halve these from our citrus fruit list in readiness for pressing.
And another 90 seconds to press the halved fruit.
This morning my nine-year old granddaughter asked to help. She took rather long to squeeze the juice, but what a wonderful privilege to do it with her. Just watching her eyes light up when she tasted the drink made it all worth while.
The juice is really very concentrated, so I add just a little water to dilute it.
And cheat just a tad; with the lime and lemon it's a little sour, so for the Little People I add one teaspoon of raw honey dissolved in a little warm water. It's 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's a great privilege sharing a home with our grandchildren; we like to think our love of choice healthy food will rub off on them. You should just see our 3 year grandson demanding eggs florentine for breakfast. Popeye thought it a good idea to start the day with spinach, and how right he was. I'm hoping the lad will be the next beekeeper in the family. My children love raw honey but alas couldn't be bothered with bees.
Two minutes total, to cut and press our five from the citrus fruit list.
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's a very small problem. They float mostly and are easily removed with a teaspoon.
Now we have a fresh citrus juice, with a much lower GI because of all the fibre. And far more nutrients because it hasn't been pasturised, and still has all the pulp.
Enjoy! It makes a 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 bees are present, 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's the very reason why oranges and lemons give protection against many cancers, and even your nerves. Lime marmalade is our all time favourite; look to enjoy regular diverse members of the citrus fruit list.
Growing lemon trees really is very easy unless you live in the frozen north; arguably it's 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 housewives' legend. They are a vital part of the citrus fruit list, some saying giving you an alkalizing effect.
That's 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 year.
They are susceptible to white fly, and other pests such as aphids. Easy to make at home, or from white oil manufacturers, get instructions on how to mix it. It's 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 don't 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.
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 isn't 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 aren't expensive. Ours is used daily for at least nine months of the year. I can't remember when last she who must be obeyed, or I had the flu. We call it our viral guard.
Whilst the calories in orange juice bought in cartons certainly need to be reckoned with, because of its lower GI you needn't be anxious about home pressed OJ.
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's a water soluble vitamin it needs to be consumed daily; otherwise we become fatigued and tissues won't 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 to keep out unwanted yeasts is part of the deal.
Age onset macular degeneration is one of the most serious causes of blindness in the elderly, and largely it's preventable with sufficient lutein and zeaxanthin in the diet.
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 (lutein and zeaxanthin) content in fruits, vegetables, and corn and egg products at the Journal of Food Composition and Analysis 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 and egg yolks and scallions are the best sources of zeaxanthin.
Citrus honey is very light, doesn't readily set and has a wonderful delicate flavour. My father had a citrus farm in my youth and I have wonderful memories of the nectar.
However, I haven't 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'm sure it's 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 doesn't 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's been the hobby of a lifetime for me; and it goes perfectly with a citrus orchard if you have one.