A Zest For Life: Why You Should Juice Citrus

A Zest For Life: Why You Should Juice CitrusI’m a card-carrying juicer. I love it. I go to bed thinking about my morning juice and wake up in the morning ready to make a new juicy creation. Some people dream of Genie–I dream of juice! And one of my favorite things to juice is citrus.

Citrus adds a nice zest to things and the health benefits alone make it worth it, as lemon juice is one of the best detoxification tools that mother nature has blessed us with! Experts say that a healthy liver is generally indicative of a healthy body–and lemon juice, when consumed first thing in the morning on an empty stomach, helps to cleanse the liver like it would a garbage disposal. But aside from the obvious health benefits, there is just so much more to citrus.

Now, not all citrus is created equal–they all come from different regions and boast different flavor profiles. When I teach a cooking class, I always tell people to experiment to find the citrus combinations that suit their individual needs–and I am recommending the same to you! To guide you on this path, I’m going to give you a run down of the winter beauty that is citrus.

Meyer Lemons

These beauties can be found at your local market at this very moment because they just came into season. The Meyer lemon season runs from January until March, which is relatively short, so don’t miss out! While traditional Eureka lemons are slightly larger, Meyer lemons are smaller and have a milder and more delicate sweetness to them.

Cara Cara Oranges

Another in-season gem to be enjoyed in the winter time, Cara Cara oranges, have a shockingly pink flesh. They are generally seedless and have an aroma that mimics that of berries with undertones of grapefruit. If you’re intrigued (and you should be) then lucky you, their peak season is December to April!

Ruby Red Grapefruit

Ocean spray has nothing on the real thing! With a fairly long-growing season, from November to May, these rubies are readily available and very easily found. And a fun fact about this fruit–it’s flammable! Yes, you read that right; grapefruit skin has the power to catch on fire, which is due to volatile oils in their flesh. While I wouldn’t recommend holding a candle to their skin, I would suggest juicing them!

Winter is when citrus shines, so what are you waiting for? Go and get some today!

Photo attribute: By Wdily2 (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

 

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