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7 Reasons Citrus Fruits Are the Most Nutritious Fruits

Citrus Fruits Are the Most Nutritious Fruits

7 Reasons Citrus Fruits Are the Most Nutritious Fruits

Everyone knows citrus is good for you, but why? Here are concrete reasons why citrus fruits reign as the most nutritious fruits for your health and wellness.

Up to 90% of people aren't eating enough fruits and vegetables. As a result, people are missing out on essential vitamins and minerals.

While all fruits and vegetables provide helpful and healthy benefits, citrus fruits like lemons, limes, and oranges are among some of the most nutritious fruits out there.

In fact, adding even a little bit of citrus to your diet can help you lose weight, have more energy, and perform better at work.

Ready to learn more? Here are seven reasons why citrus fruits are the most nutritious fruits.

1. Citrus Fruits Are Full of Vitamin C

Everyone knows that citrus fruits are high in vitamin C. But many people don't understand just how important this crucial vitamin is.

Vitamin C plays a key role in many aspects of our overall health.

It keeps skin glowing and healthy and hair strong and luscious.

Vitamin C is also important for the immune system. A healthy diet of citrus fruits can help you avoid nasty colds and illnesses.

2. They Can Help You Avoid Kidney Stones

Kidney stones are immensely painful and may require hospitalization. Fortunately, the citrate contained in many citrus fruits can break up the formation of crystallized minerals.

Along with proper hydration (something else citrus fruits can assist with), a diet rich in citrus decreases your chance of suffering from a painful kidney stone.

3. They're High in Fiber

If you've ever snacked on grapefruit or tangerine, you were likely surprised at how filling these fruits can be.

This is because they're high in fiber, which promotes good digestive health. And since foods high in fiber slow down the digestive process, you're less inclined to grab that bag of chips or cookie.

4. It's Easy to Add Citrus to Healthy Meals

On its own, citrus is a wonderful, flavorful taste. But when added to your favorite dish? Well, that's a great way to improve any healthy recipe.

For example, you can add a little lemon juice to some fish or chicken for a high-protein, Omega 3-filled meal with a one-of-a-kind flavor.

Or sprinkle some lime on a salad to give that bland bowl of greens a nice zest.

5. Citrus Can Prevent Cognitive Decline

Research has found that a diet rich in vitamin C has the potential to alleviate or even prevent some of the most dangerous cognitive diseases like Alzheimer's.

How is this possible?

Vitamin C prevents inflammation throughout the body -- including the brain. This allows for better cognitive function and overall brain health.

6. They're Great, Low-Calorie Snacks

If you're looking to lose a few pounds, it may be time to hit the produce section of your grocery store. Making citrus a snack staple could help you shed that excess weight.

The average orange only contains about 65 calories. For reference, that's about the same number of calories as a single Oreo cookie.

But, as we mentioned earlier, the fiber in citrus allows you to feel fuller, longer, making it a smarter snack choice. Plus, oranges are high in protein, giving you a nice little boost of energy.

7. They're Low in Sugar

Fruit is nature's dessert. And while fruit doesn't contain as much sugar as a bowl of ice cream or a brownie, certain fruits, such as bananas and grapes, contain more sugar than you may expect.

Meanwhile, citrus fruits contain a reasonable, healthy amount of natural sugar so you can enjoy a sweet treat without ruining your diet.

Final Thoughts on Why Citrus Fruits Are the Most Nutritious Fruits

It's impossible to deny the many benefits of citrus fruits. These tangy, tasty treats aren't just the most nutritious fruits out there -- they're some of the most delicious ones, too.

Want to see how you can enjoy the benefits of citrus for yourself? Create an account today and learn how you can grow citrus fruits in your own backyard!

5 Best Kaffir Lime Fruit Recipes to Try

Best Kaffir Lime Recipes

The Kaffir lime is an exotic citrus fruit that adds a punch of flavor to any food palate. Move over key limes. These kaffir lime recipes are simply delicious!

These small round citrus fruits are taking over the North American culinary scene. 

The intoxicating aroma of the Kaffir lime will have you reaching for its leaves for nearly every meal. Read below to discover our 5 best kaffir lime recipes.

5 Top Kaffir Lime Recipes

This Southeast Asian fruit is more than just a great house plant. It also has many medicinal benefits.

The following recipes use kaffir limes as the central ingredient, making it more than just a garnish for dishes.

Kaffir Lime Curd

Curds are great as jams or can be used as a base for pies and similar desserts. This recipe doesn't require many ingredients and is easy to make. This kaffir lime curd will last you up to two weeks.

 Ingredients:

  • 4 Kaffir Limes
  • 3/4 Cup of Sugar
  • Kaffir Lime Zest (1 lime)
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Egg Yolk
  • 1/2 Cup of Butter (shaved) 
  1. Lightly grate the zest into a heatproof bowl or double boiler.
  2. Juice 4 limes into the bowl with the zest.
  3. Add the sugar and butter to the mixture. Add water to the bottom pot and bring to a simmer. 
  4. Stir the mixture until the sugar is dissolved and the butter is melted.
  5. Whisk the eggs and slowly pour them into the heated mixture. 
  6. Whisk the mixture for 5-10 minutes or until it turns into a thick gel. 
  7. Transfer the curd into a clean jar. Allow it to cool before sealing.

Kaffir Lime Ice-cream

This sweet treat will have you craving ice-cream all year long.

Ingredients:

  • 2-3 TBSP Kaffir Lime Zest
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 2 Cups of Cream
  • 1/2 Cup of Milk
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract 
  1. Using a mixer, add the sugar and egg and mix until the sugar dissolves.
  2. Add the zest, milk, cream, and extract.
  3. Chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
  4. Churn the mixture for about 15-20 minutes before serving.
  5. For a thicker consistency, freeze for 2-4 hours before serving. 

Spicy Kaffir Lime Cashews

 Ingredients:

  • 5 Kaffir Lime Leaves (chopped)
  • 4 Cups Raw Cashews
  • 5 Red Chile Peppers (chopped)
  • 1 1/2 tsp Ground Ancho Chile Pepper
  • 2 TBSP Coconut Oil (melted)
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Sugar
  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F.
  2. Add all ingredients to a medium-sized bowl and toss until evenly coated.
  3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  4. Spread cashews evenly on the sheet.
  5. Bake for 15-20 minutes. Let cool before serving. 

Mini Kaffir Lime Tarts

 Ingredients:

  • 1 Kaffir Lime (juiced)
  • 1 1/2 Cups of Graham Cracker Crumbs
  • 4 Egg Yolks 
  • 1/3 Cup Sugar
  • 14 oz Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 4 oz Cream Cheese
  • 6 TBSP butter
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Add liners to a 12-count muffin pan.
  2. Mix graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, and granulated sugar in a medium bowl. Add 1 TBSP to each liner.
  3. In a separate bowl, beat the cream cheese on high speed with a mixer until smooth. Add egg yolks, sweetened condensed milk, and lime juice.
  4. Pour filling on top of crusts.
  5. Bake for 15-16 minutes.
  6. Cool in refrigerator for 2 hours before serving.

Tangy Kaffir Skewers

Ingredients:

  • 16 Kaffir Leaves
  • 16 Apricot Halves
  • 4 Chicken Thighs (cubed)
  • 3 Spring Onions
  • 2 Kaffir Limes (quartered)
  • 2 TBSP Sweet Chili Sauce
  1. Soak 8-10 bamboo skewers in cold water for 15-20 minutes.
  2. Thread the chicken, kaffir leaves, apricots, lime wedges and spring onions on the skewers.
  3. Cook skewers on the grill until tender.
  4. Brush sweet chili sauce over skewers 5 minutes before removing them from the grill. 

Check out our blog for more fun recipes using Kaffir lime leaves!

Or, try growing your own fresh Kaffir limes with our fast-growing Kaffir lime trees!

A Fertile Start: A Beginner's Guide to Fertilizing Citrus Trees

Fertilizing Citrus Trees

So you're thinking about growing a citrus tree, but how do you ensure your tree has a healthy start? Here's your guide to properly fertilizing citrus trees.

Research shows that gardening boosts your wellness and can help you live longer. Citrus trees make a great addition to your gardening practice because they are easy to care for and add a fun visual element to your space. 

If you've ever thought about growing a dwarf tangerine tree or wondered, "How fast do orange trees grow?" then this guide will help you.

Your first step is understanding the technique behind fertilizing citrus trees. Follow this guide to ensure that your citrus tree has a healthy start. 

Know When to Fertilize

Fertilization is very important for the first few years of your tree's life. Before you begin, speak with a nursery professional about the types of fertilizer they supply. You can also read our citrus care guide to learn more about caring for your tree.  

The perfect time to fertilize your citrus tree is just before bud break. This is because your trees will be starting their yearly growth cycle and eating the most food. 

Remember, not all citrus trees will need fertilizer every year. How do you know what your tree needs?

Measure your tree's growth in winter or early spring while it's still dormant. Depending on the measurements, you'll know which trees need fertilizer and how much they need.

Know How to Fertilize

When you're ready to start fertilizing, the first step is to choose the right kind of fertilizer. No two fertilizers are made alike. For example, lemon tree fertilizer will be different from peach tree fertilizer. 

First: Choose the Right Fertilizerlem

Fruit trees will grow better with an organic, high-nitrogen fertilizer. This is because nitrogen is an essential nutrient for your tree's health. 

Make sure you don't burn your tree with too much nitrogen, though. Using organic fertilizer instead of a synthetic option will be the safer option. 

Second: Measure the Right Amount of Fertilizer

Now that you know the importance of using too much and too little fertilizer, you'll need to measure out the perfect amount. This is the most important step.

The amount of fertilizer you should use is calculated based on the nitrogen-value on the package and the age or size of the tree. Follow these steps to do your calculation:

1. Measure the trunk diameter in inches and write down that number. You can also write down how old the tree is. 

2. Multiply that number by 0.10. This is because your tree needs 0.10 pounds of "actual nitrogen" per year of age or per trunk diameter. 

3. Look at the packaging of your fertilizer to find the NPK numbers. The "N" number listed is the amount of "actual nitrogen" per pound of fertilizer. 

4. Divide the amount of actual nitrogen your tree needs by the amount of actual nitrogen per pound in your fertilizer.

This is the number you need to measure out how much fertilizer to apply. 

Third: Apply the Fertilizer

Finally, evenly apply the fertilizer starting a foot away from the trunk and ending at the "drip line." You can spread out the fertilizer and rake it in or dig small holes around the trunk. After that, spread a layer of compost around the tree and water it well. 

The Rewards of Fertilizing Citrus Trees

Fertilizing citrus trees is easy to do and helps your tree stay healthy. Be diligent every year and soon you'll be enjoying the many health benefits of citrus fruits

Ready to start growing your own citrus tree? Choose your favorite from our citrus tree selection and get planting this season!

Orange Peels and Vinegar: 5 Ingenious Tips for Cleaning with Citrus

Orange Peels & Vinegar

Want your home to smell fresh and stay clean? Here's your guide to making cleaners with citrus like orange peels and natural agents such as vinegar!

How do you clean in an environmentally friendly, chemical-free way that's actually effective?

Sure, you can spend hundreds of dollars on green cleaning supplies, but why not make your own?

By simply combining citrus fruit with other natural agents, such as orange peels and vinegar, you can create the answer to all your cleaning needs!

Read on for our top five ingenious tips for cleaning with citrus!

Lemons for Laundry

Have you ever had trouble with stains that just won't go away?

Pretty much everyone has. Whether you are dealing with ink, food, drink, or underarm stains, this tip can save you time and money. No more replacing clothes after a couple of months or trying product after product of "guaranteed" commercial cleaning agents.

Lemon juice is a great natural cleaner.

For getting out harsh stains, get scrubbing as soon as possible with straight lemon juice.

For basic underarm stains, scour the stain with half water/half lemon juice before throwing it in the wash.

Finally, adding lemon juice to a batch of whites in the cycle can really brighten things up!

Citrus Microwave Cleaner

Does the inside of your microwave resemble something from a horror movie?

Don't be embarrassed, most people are in the same boat. Microwaves are a pain to clean. Anything that splatters onto the surfaces of the microwave gets cooked onto it.

However, for a quick and easy fix, pour one or two cups of water into a bowl with three tablespoons of lemon juice. Then, microwave the bowl for three to four minutes. Be careful taking the bowl out!

Dip a cleaning rag into the solution and wipe out the microwave. The residue will be primed for cleaning due to the evaporation of the solution during the cycle.

You're welcome!

Citrus Degreaser Spray

The only thing worse than the microwave is a greasy stovetop or oven.

Grease is not water soluble and is very difficult to clean. 

However, with just two simple ingredients, your worries will be a thing of the past. All you need is salt and lime juice!

Coat the greasy areas with a liberal amount of salt. Then cover the salt with the lime juice.

Once it has set for five to 10 minutes, use a scrubbing pad or sponge to work the mixture into the grease. Finally, wipe your worries away with a rag or paper towel!

Orange Peels and Vinegar All-Purpose Cleaner

For an amazing all-purpose cleaner, all you need is water, orange peels, and vinegar.

Get a mason jar of any size, depending on how much cleaner you wish to make. Stuff it to the brim with orange peels. Pour white vinegar in over the top.

Now, seal the jar and place in a cool, dark place, such as a pantry or cupboard. Allow sitting for two or three weeks. When the concoction comes out, remove the orange peels and pour the solution into a spray bottle.

This will leave you a fresh, orange scented all-purpose cleaner without a strong vinegar odor.

A Word of Caution

Finally, when using orange peels and vinegar or any other citrus cleaning solution, make sure you know what surfaces will take the solution without causing damage.

For example, some surfaces, such as hardwood floors, stainless steel, and granite or marble countertops, will not react favorably to orange peels and vinegar cleaning agents.

Test your solution on subtle areas first before cleaning the entire surface with your concoction.

Get Your Own Citrus Trees

Imagine walking out into your yard and plucking fresh citrus off of your own citrus trees for eating healthy, wonderful citrus aromas, cleaning agents and more!.

You walk inside and squeeze yourself a fresh glass of orange, then take the peels and repurpose them for an environmentally friendly, chemical-free cleaning spray! Think about how much money you'll save by switching to orange peels and vinegar for cleaning. 

Check out our selection to see what kind of fast-growing trees we have for you!

Juicing Lemons Like A Pro: 5 Expert Tricks For Juicing Citrus Fruit At Home

Juicing Lemons & Citrus Fruit

Do you have what it takes for properly juicing lemons and other citrus fruit? Turns out you just need some little-known juicing tips. Here are a few to get you started.

 

Fresh citrus juice is the best for cooking, baking, and mixing drinks of all kinds.

Plus, they have all sorts of amazing health benefits. Citrus juices are packed with vitamin C, a natural immune system booster

They also have anti-oxidants, which are helpful in preventing and combating cancer, heart disease, and degenerative diseases.

However, juicing citrus fruit isn't the easiest thing in the world to do. In fact, it can be positively frustrating.

When dealing with citrus fruit, such as lemons, juicing can be incredibly messy. Additionally, it's difficult to get all the juice out of them and not all over your hands.

Need help? Don't worry, we've got some answers!

Here are 5 brilliant tips for juicing lemons!

Freeze 'Em

Juicing lemons is much easier if you freeze them first. Now, you need to let them thaw before you actually juice them, but you'll be glad you did it!

Freezing lemons causes the juices within to expand. This breaks down the cell walls of the lemon. When it thaws, it will be softer and easier to squeeze!

Cut Length, Not Width

To get the most juice out of your lemon, try cutting the fruit down the length, rather than the width.

This will leave more surface area of the inside of the lemon. Cutting it down the length also makes the lemon easier to grip and squeeze. 

When juicing lemons by hand, this is the best bet to get the most juice.

Roll it Out

Similar to freezing lemons, rolling lemons out on the countertop will also break down the cell walls, make them softer and easier to squeeze.

Treat the lemon like a ball of clay you're trying to soften up. Don't be too gentle. However, if you press so hard the lemon bursts open, you're being a little too rough.

Pick the Right Fruit

A big aspect of success juicing lemons is picking the right lemon!

Go for the big, plump, and firm lemons. They will be the easiest to squeeze and the most rewarding. They should be bright yellow with no hints of green.

Any green color on the lemon suggests it is unripe, while a paler color of yellow suggests an older lemon which will have less juice.

If you're really on your game, you can plant your own lemon tree and pick lemons right off of the branches!

Use a Squeezer for Juicing Lemons

Of course, one of the most hassle-free ways for juicing lemons is with an actual juicer. Well, it's more of a lemon squeezer.

This squeezer is handheld and pushes nearly all of the juice out of lemon halves. If you're looking for getting as much juice as possible out of your lemons, this is the way to go.

Citrus Simplified

We love helping our customers get the freshest citrus fruit and trees on the market! There's nothing worse than coming home from the grocery store with bad fruit. You don't want to waste it but you definitely don't want to eat it!

Trust us to get you the best citrus fruit and trees out there for growing and juicing your very own lemons, limes, oranges, and more! We provide fast-growing citrus fruit trees you can grow indoors or plant in your own back yard!

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