Meet the citrus family

Everything you need to know about citrus fruits …

… and a few fantastic recipes!

Clementine, grapefruit, oranges, kumquats, pomelos or tangerine they and many more belong to the citrus family. Some of them are quite difficult to distinguish. I’m going to tell you a few things worth knowing about this delicious winter fruit.

There are so many different types of citrus fruit. Some of them very sour, some bitter and others quite sweet. They come in all shapes and sizes and have good amounts of vitamins and minerals that your body needs to function properly, including B vitamins, potassium, phosphorous and magnesium.

I prefer eating fruit and veggies which are in season. The best time to buy citrus fruit is November to February. That’s when the clementines, oranges and grapefruits taste best. They have an intense aroma, shiny peel and are firm. Try to buy organic fruit and always wash under warm water if you are going to use the zest.

Store your citrus fruit cool but not too cold! If you have a cool basement store them there or put them in the veggie compartment in your fridge. Give them a bit of space so they don’t get dents. If you keep them cool they should last for about 2 weeks.

What’s your favourite way to prepare and eat citrus fruit. I would love to read about your citrus recipes in the comments below! Here are a few of my favourite recipes with citrus fruit:

Za’atar spiced salmon with grapefruit-fennel salad with walnuts

Delicious winter salad with pink grapefruit

Austrian Kaiserschmarrn with fresh citrus salad

Refreshing lime basil tart