Citrus Fruit Recipes

I hope you have been making good use of the abundance of lemon and limes at the moment, well that's if they are in season where you live (I'm in Perth, Western Australia). We have one lime tree with an abundance of fruit and one that is struggling with just a handful on it at the moment. We are very fortunate that our 3 sons have lemon trees that produce better than ours (a good healthy rivalry between father and sons going on here) and friends that give us lemons weekly.

Some things you may not know about Citrus Fruit, plus some delicious recipes:

Citrus is a common term for flowering plants in the rue family. The best know examples are oranges, tangerines, lemons, limes and grapefruit. The sweeter citrus fruit such as the orange, tangerine and grapefruit, are typically peeled and eaten fresh. More acidic citrus, such as lemons and limes are generally not eaten on their own.

There are so many ways to enjoy citrus fruit. The juice is used in beverages like lemonade or for flavouring meals. The fruit pulp is used in marmalade or jams, the zest (colourful outer skin) is used as a flavouring in cooking and also as a garnish. The oil extracted from the rind of citrus fruit is used to make essential oils which can be placed in a diffuser to inhale the aroma, it will help to uplift you, help with congestion, purify the air, just to name a few benefits (there are way too many to name). Lemon oil is used for cleaning and disinfecting.

Citrus Fruit

Citrus does not only taste good but is also good for you. It's usually thought of as a good source of vitamin C, but they actually have an impressive list of other nutrients too. They contain, potassium, folate, calcium, thiamin, niacin, vitamin B6, phosphorus, magnesium, copper and many phytochemicals. In addition it contains no fat or sodium and are high in fibre.

Lemons are my favourite citrus as they support the immune system (assisting the body to fight colds and flu), aids digestion, balances ph levels, cleanses the urinary tact, detoxifies the liver and the antioxidants properties help combat free radicals. Place the juice of 1/2 a lemon in a glass of water, you will get the best benefits if drunk first thing in the morning.

I love to add citrus to many of my recipes, not just to enhance the flavour but due to the health benefits. I have included two new recipes that contain citrus for you to enjoy.

ALMOND & LEMON CAKE

A moist melt in your mouth lemon cake topped with a healthy, no refined sugar lemon icing. This delicious and lemony cake will surprise you, it's not too sweet and you can make it as lemony as you like by adjusting the amount of lemon zest. Lemons are know to enhance mood, so you should feel good eating this cake.

Almond & Lemon CakeClick here for Almond & Lemon recipe

Almond & Lemon Cake

Click here for Almond & Lemon Cake recipe

GREEN MANGO SALAD

A delightful, refreshing salad with a sweet sour dressing and can be made as spicy as your taste buds would like. Use green mangos that haven't ripened yet, the flesh can vary in colour from very pale yellow to a deeper yellow depending on the variety. Delicious served with grilled king prawns on top or with roast chicken on the side.

Green Mango SaladClick here for Green Mango Salad recipe

We have also been spoilt with mangos this season. Friends have being sharing their bounty of home grown mangos with us. I guess it wasn't a surprise that I made a mango salad with limes in the dressing.

There is a deliciously yummy, Orange and Almond Cake in my cookbook that you might like to also try.

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