Citrus is a genus of flowering trees and shrubs in the rue family, Rutaceae. Including crops such as oranges, lemons, grapefruits, pomelos, and limes. The genus Citrus is native to South Asia, East Asia, Southeast Asia, Melanesia, and Australia. Various citrus species have been utilized and domesticated by indigenous cultures in these areas since ancient times.
Although, Citrus fruits are an excellent source of vitamin C, a nutrient that strengthens the immune system. Their acid can erode tooth enamel and grapefruit can interact with some medications.
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Most people will discard the peel while consuming citrus fruits. Little do they know, the peel have bioactive compounds that provide numerous health benefits. Lemon peel has antibacterial properties that may block the growth of microorganisms responsible for oral diseases. Moreover, it offers several antioxidants. D-limonene and vitamin C, protect the immune system and reduce your risk of diseases. Citrus peel have antimicrobial and anti-fungal effects, even against antibiotic-resistant strains. Flavonoids, vitamin C, and pectin in most citrus fruit peel promote heart health by lowering blood cholesterol levels and other risk factors for heart disease. Lastly, it contains ascorbic acid and vitamin C. These ingredients are good for the skin as they help in delaying the onset of wrinkles, reducing blemishes, and slowing down the aging process.
Supreming is a technique that removes the membrane from citrus fruit so it can be served in slices. This is a little more time-consuming. It removes all the tough and bitter compounds of the citrus, leaving a citrus that’s sweeter, more tender, and attractive in appearance. This process yields a better tasting juice as well.
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Secret flavor is hiding in the ZEST of your oranges, lemons and grapefruits. Viv shows you how to squeeze a little extra out of citrus… and we’re not just talking about juice! Watch Viv use this tip to make a Citrus and Fennel Salad LIVE at 6|5c on Monday on the @foodnetworkkitchen app ? #VivsTips #WeCook
- 2 medium tangerines
- 1 navel orange
- ½ grapefruit
- ½ lime
- a sprinkle of lemon zest
- 1 cup cold water