1.13.2013

Season of Citrus

Happy Citrus Season!  It is that time of year again when the produce aisles are filled with an abundance of citrus fruits. And not only your typical oranges and grapefruit, but different varieties of this healthful line of fruits.

The one most important health benefit of citrus is the flavonoids these fruits have. Flavonoids may have anti-cancer properties and in studies, citrus flavonoids have been shown to inhibit cancer cells and prevent the spread of tumors. These particular flavonoids may help reduce free radicals in the body and protect your heart from disease, arterial plaque formation, and improve blood flow.

Citrus fruits, as we know, are packed full of Vitamin C, which can help boost our immune systems this time of year. But did you know Vitamin C is also an antioxidant that aids in wound healing and helps build collagen in our tendons, ligaments and bones? Citrus fruits are also packed with potassium and folate.

These are my top citrus fruits you need to try this season. They have unique and distinctive flavors that are wonderful for adding new flavors to your meals, or to just eat on their own:

Cara Cara Oranges:  Similar to a navel orange with a light red interior that is very sweet with a hint of cranberries.

Blood Orange: Deep red interior that has hints of raspberries, great flavor to add with fish.

Pummelo: Looks like a green grapefruit, but is much sweeter and less acidic than a regular grapefruit.

Meyer Lemon:  A cross between a lemon and an orange. Much sweeter and less acidic than regular lemons.

Citrus fruits will keep in the fruit bowl for about 7 to 10 days and will last in your refrigerator for about 6 to 8 weeks. So stock up during this colorful season!