Vividly coloured and tasty, citrus fruits put a little sunshine on the table, even in the middle of the winter. In juices or as scraps, slices or a carpaccio, they add zest to various dishes and offer you the necessary vitamin C! A magic recipe that protects you against colds. Here is our seasonal range.
The orange is a delicious and juicy fruit. As soon as you have tasted it, your energy level is boosted! You can obtain your daily dose of vitamin C from a medium orange!
The smallest citrus fruit can be eaten entirely, as the skin is full of antioxidants. Recipe idea: cook some pasta al dente and add some truffle scraps and thin slices of cumquat to serve a quick and delicious meal.
The clementine is a cross between an orange and a mandarin that can be peeled easily and contains few pips. Children just love it!
A blood orange is a real treat. Its deep red flesh and sweet taste sometimes remind of raspberries. You can use it to flavour juices and desserts.
Lemons can be used in both sweet and salty dishes. Lemon juice adds zest to carpaccios, a cup of tea or red beet soup. Miracle recipe when you’re having a cold: draw clove and ginger in a big cup of hot water. Strain the extraction as soon as it has reached room temperature and add some lemon juice and honey.
Its subtle taste works well in cocktails like mojito or ti’punch with or without alcohol. A lime is less sour than a lemon and gives a little extra to your minced fish.
Starters, main dishes or desserts: white grapefruit is always a success with its marked bitter taste. It is delicious with fish, sea food, pork, chicken or duck.
Pink grapefruit has a softer taste than the white variety and is the perfect piece of fruit for breakfast: cut it into two pieces, add some sugar and begin your day with a lot of energy. If you would like to try something else, add some pink grapefruit juice to your creamy carrot soup. Yummie!
A few tips
- Roll the citrus fruits over the worktable with your hands to obtain even more juice.
- Put a peeled piece of fruit in the freezer for about ten minutes before making a carpaccio of it.
- How do you store citrus fruits? In the refrigerator! Don’t keep them for too long and preferably eat them raw. Rinse off the citrus fruits, as vitamin C is soluble.
What is vitamin C?
Vitamin C works as an antioxidant in the body and is necessary to form connective tissue, to absorb iron and to build up resistance. It is also beneficial for healthy bones, teeth, skin and blood vessels.
How can you take up enough vitamin C?
The body itself produces a number of vitamins, but no vitamin C. This means we have to eat enough fruits and vegetables that contain vitamin C, such as citrus fruits, kiwis, forest fruits (blackcurrants, raspberries, gooseberries, strawberries, red berries), passion fruits, mangos, red peppers, cabbages, sauerkraut, broccoli, watercress, chervil, etc.
This article was initially published in Belgium’s Delhaize Magazine of February-March 2014.
Extracts of the article were used for this posting.