Citrus

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Photo attribution: 

Flickr: John Loo

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Photo attribution: 

Flickr: Barbara L. Hanson

Foods Included

Orange, Tangerine, Tangelo, Lemon, Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice, Lime, Lime Juice, Grapefruit, Pomelo (Pummelo), Loquat

Description

Citrus is a term for juicy fruits that grow on trees and have a rough outer skin that must be peeled before eating the inner fruit. Citrus comes in shades of be yellow, green, or orange and can be sweet (oranges) or sour (lemons, limes, grapefruit).

Buy It

  • Choose citrus fruits that are firm and feel heavy for their size.

Store It

  • Store oranges at room temperature for 5-7 days.
  • Refrigerate for up to 3 weeks.
  • Store pummelos in your refrigerator for up to one week.

Cook It

  • Enjoy citrus raw -- toss an orange or tangerine into your bag before leaving the house for a refreshing snack later in the day.
  • Add citrus to salads -- they work well in both fruit salads and vegetable salads!
  • Sprinkle lemon or orange zest onto foods for more flavor.

Why It's Great

  • Vitamin C keeps our immune system strong and helps our bodies heal quickly.
  • Fiber helps with healthy digestion and keeps us feeling full.  Eating enough fiber has been shown to keep our hearts healthy too.
  

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