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Pucker Up: 5 Delicious Grapefruit Recipes

Delicious Grapefruit Recipes

Looking for delicious grapefruit recipes? Sweet and tangy, here are some of the best grapefruit recipes that even your grandma would be proud of.

Did you know that grapefruit can improve your heart health? Or that it can help you lose those little extra pounds you've been struggling with, thanks to the fiber in it? 

You can always eat grapefruit as it is or with a little sugar on top. But there's way more you can do with it! 

There's an endless amount of grapefruit recipes you can try out for every single meal of the day, including red grapefruit recipes. Who knew grapefruit could be such a versatile ingredient?

If you're curious to know what we're talking about, keep reading to discover these 5 awesome grapefruit recipes. You'll want to get in the kitchen as soon as you finish reading this article!

For Breakfast: Grapefruit Overnight Oatmeal

If you're a busy person and you don't know about overnight oats yet, get ready because your life is about to change.

You've been hearing about the importance of having a good breakfast every day for a long, long time. But we all know that as life goes by, we get more responsibilities and less time to make sure we maintain good habits, like eating your breakfast every day.

With overnight oats, that's not a problem anymore.

All you need to do is put half a grapefruit in a mason jar, with your milk of choice, oats, shredded coconut and some seasonings. Put it in the fridge for the night and it'll be ready to eat first thing in the morning!

Grapefruit Overnight Oatmeal

For Lunch or Dinner: Grapefruit & Avocado Buddha Bowl

We've all heard about buddha bowls. Now more than ever it's trendy to eat healthy dishes full of fresh vegetables and fruits. Also known as... buddha bowls!

You can get as creative as you want to when you make your bowls. So you don't necessarily have to use everything the recipe tells you to if you're not a fan of any of the ingredients or if you simply don't have them at home.

Tip: if you need to replace any of the ingredients, try to go for one that has similar nutritional value.

Grapefruit & Avocado Buddha Bowl

For Dessert: Leche Flan with Grapefruit

This Filipino-inspire recipe isn't your everyday type of dessert, but it is a great choice for when you have a dinner party at home and want to wow all your guests.

It doesn't need that many ingredients and you probably already have all of them in your pantry, which is always a plus. But you'll have to make the custard, the flan and put it all together, so it might take you a while to finish them.

But in the end, it'll be worth it. The little tars are so beautiful, none of your guests will resist snapping a picture before they start eating!

Leche Flan with Grapefruit

As a Snack: Roasted Grapefruit with Walnut Granola

If you're already a fan of eating grapefruit when you're craving a little something, this recipe is just a way of spicing up your snack of choice.

It's really simple: all you need to do is heat up your grapefruit in the oven, then put your walnut granola on top and then put in the oven again for a little longer.

Once again, you can get creative with this recipe. Seeds, yogurt, honey, maple syrup, nuts: you can add whatever you want.

Roasted Grapefruit with Walnut Granola

Something to Drink: Danny Ocean Cocktail

Of course, we couldn't end this article without suggesting a nice grapefruit drink. If you buy or grow the right ones, your grapefruits will be beautifully juicy and there are many things you can do with them: juices, smoothies, tea...

But today we decided to go for a Friday night type of beverage.

The Danny Ocean cocktail combines tequila, grapefruit juice, lemon juice, agave, and maraschino liqueur and it makes a delicious drink for you to celebrate the end of the week!

Danny Ocean Cocktail

Get Creative, Create Your Own Grapefruit Recipes!

After reading about these five recipes, you have a better grasp of which foods pair up well with grapefruit. So why not create your own original recipes too?

You can even do it with the kids and spend some quality time together in the kitchen. We're sure they'll love to get their hands dirty, especially if you give them complete freedom to come up with their own grapefruit recipes as well!

If you want to start growing your own grapefruit, we have beautiful Rio Red Grapefruit Trees available in our citrus tree collection. Go check it out!

Sippin' in the Summer Sun: The Best Citrus Cocktails for the Summer

The Best Citrus Cocktails for the Summer

Citrus cocktails pair perfectly with summer weather. Check out these citrus cocktail recipes to discover the best citrus cocktails to enjoy this summer!

As summer approaches, you probably fancy a summer cocktail in the garden.

If you want to enjoy some sippin' in the summer sun, you should go for a citrus cocktail. The combination of warm summer sunshine with the sweet and sour flavors of a citrus cocktail is perfect.

Here are some of the most delicious and refreshing citrus cocktails to try out this summer. Let's get started below!

1. Citrus Rye and Ginger

This is a classic drink that makes you close your eyes and wince but in a pleasant way! This is a great sharing cocktail.

Put together a jug of ice with rye and ginger ale. You can finish off the drink with a squeeze of the juice from a lime.  

2. Orange Champagne Punch Bowl

This is a citrus bonanza!

Orange, lemon, or lime? It's not always easy to determine which is your preferred choice of citrus for your cocktail.

The orange champagne punch bowl is perfect for citrus lovers who can't make up their minds. Add orange, lemon and lime juice together. Pick orange juice to comprise the bulk of the punch bowl.

Now you can decide whether you want champagne or prosecco. Both taste great. It just depends on how much you want to spend and preferences.

When you serve this cocktail in flutes or tumblers, you can garnish it with a twist of orange on the side of the glass. 

3. Limoncello Gin Martini 

Are you ready to experience an Italian summer? Imagine yourself relaxing in the warm Mediterranian sun while you sip your cocktail.

This Limoncello Gin Martini packs a zesty punch. Just mix the ingredients of lemon juice syrup and gin together in a shaker. Add ice as well.

Then, shake well and strain into a martini glass. You can decorate the cocktail after with a wedge of lemon.

4. Lemon Iced Tea Cocktail

Lemon iced tea is a wonderful and refreshing drink for the afternoon sunshine. Treat yourself by turning your ice tea into a cocktail. Before you prepare the drink, make sure to add plenty of ice!

Mix the iced tea, lemon juice, and vodka together in a shaker. Then, strain the mixture into a glass. If you can get your hands on a bottle of lemon-flavored vodka, you can add an extra citrusy flavor to the drink.  

5. Key Lime Martini 

Who doesn't love key lime pie? Well, you need to try a Key Lime Martini. It's essentially drinking your favorite dessert.

Start with the martini glass. Cover the rim of the glass with corn syrup. Mix together key lime juice with Cointreau, more syrup and thick cream.

The special ingredient in this cocktail is cake vodka. Ordinary vodka won't give the cocktail the same dessert and flavor experience.

Enjoy These Citrus Cocktails This Summer

Next time you're ready to enjoy the summer weather, remember these citrus cocktails ideas. From Key Lime Martini to Orange Champagne punch, there's something for everyone. 

Dive into our citrus blog for more great citrus recipe ideas!

Do you want to be able to prepare your citrus cocktails with your own fresh, natural citrus, whether grown indoors or outdoors in your garden? Check out our citrus trees for sale here from US Citrus and delivered straight to your door!

Baking with Oranges: 2 Orange Cake Recipes You Have to Try

Orange Cake Recipes

Orange cake is a delicious treat the whole family will love. Try these crowd-pleasing orange cake recipes to add some variety to your baking repertoire.

You’re having a book club meeting at your place in the morning. The plan is to have coffee and cake ready as refreshments but you haven’t decided on what kind of cake to make. You could grab one real quick from the store but you feel like handmade is best.

From our experience, everyone loves a good citrus dessert. They’re the perfect balance of tangy and sweet. They also go swimmingly with a hot cup of java. There are many different types out there but the best ones for coffee are going to be an orange bundt or loaf cake.

To help you in all your baking endeavors here are a few great orange cake recipes that your friends will love.

Orange Juice Cake 

Everyone loves a cup of OJ in the morning. Why not mix things up a little by having it in cake form? Preheat your oven to 350 and grease your bundt pan. 

Get out a large bowl and mix together a box of yellow cake mix, a box of instant lemon pudding mix, 3/4 cups of vegetable oil, 3/4 cups of orange juice, and 4 large eggs. When this is well mixed, pour it in the bundt pan and pop it in the oven for around 40 minutes. 

Once it's done pull it out and start preparing the glaze while it cools off. You'll need to put 2 cups of powdered sugar, 3/4 cup of orange juice, and 4 tablespoons of butter in a saucepan and cook it over medium heat until the butter has melted all the way. 

Take a skewer and poke little holes in the cake. Pour the glaze over it and then let it sit for around 20 minutes before you dig in. 

Orange Loaf Cake

If you want a cake that's both sweet and tangy then this orange loaf cake will be right up your ally. Like with the last recipe, preheat your oven to 350 and grease a loaf pan.

Get out a large bowl and mix together 1/2 cup of butter, and a cup of sugar until it's nice and smooth. Mix in your 2 eggs one at a time until they are completely combined. Lastly, you'll mix in 3 tablespoons of orange zest and 1/2 cup of orange juice.

Get out a second bowl and whisk 2 cups of all-purpose flour, 2 teaspoons of baking powder, and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Once these ingredients are good and whisked together combine them with the first mixture. 

Pour the batter into your loaf pan and pop it in the oven for about an hour. No loaf cake is complete without a glaze but it's pretty easy to make your own

Orange Cake Recipes That Will Get Your Mouth Watering 

If you're looking for a cake that will be popular with your guests, look no further than orange. If you follow these orange cake recipes to the letter then you'll have a result that is the perfect combination of tangy and sweet. Happy baking! 

Nothing is better than using freshly squeezed orange juice from your own backyard. Check out our blood orange citrus tree for all your baking needs.

Want more citrus ideas? Check out the other delicious citrus recipes in our blog!

How to Make Homemade Key Lime Pie With Persian Limes

Homemade Key Lime Pie With Persian Limes

Do you really need key limes to make homemade key lime pie, or can you get away with Persian limes? Yes, yes, you can! Here's how to pull it off.

It’s officially summertime so all of the summery, citrus desserts are coming out of the woodwork. Out of all of them, key lime pie is probably the most iconic. The tangy sweetness is something that can’t be replicated.

As you search through the store, however, you notice that you can only find Persian limes on the shelf. Can you really make key lime pie without the key limes? We’re here to say that you should be able to pull it off.

To help you make a pie that your entire family will love, here is the best recipe for homemade key lime pie.

1. Is it Really Okay to Use Persian Limes?

Persian limes are the basic ones that you'll find at most retail stores. The benefit of using them is that it's much harder to squeeze the juice out of key lime than it is Persian ones.

If you use them in a key lime pie the taste will be different but it won't be a bad different per se. As long as you freshly squeeze the limes instead of going with the bottled stuff, you should be fine. 

2. What You'll Need 

On to your list of ingredients. For the graham cracker crust, you'll need 1 1/2 cups of graham cracker crumbs, 1/3 cup of white sugar, 6 tablespoons of melted butter, and a 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon. 

For the filling grab, a 14 ounce can of condensed milk, 2/3 cups of Persian lime juice, 2 teaspoons of grated lime zest, and 4 large egg yolks. The topping will call for, 1 cup of heavy whipping cream and two tablespoons of powdered sugar. 

3. Preparing the Crust 

Mix together your graham cracker crumbs, white sugar, melted butter, and cinnamon. Once it's good and blended press it into your pie pan. Allow the crust to bake for 7 minutes. 

4. Making the Filling

While the crust is baking you can be preparing the filling. Grab a bowl and whisk your condensed milk, Persian lime zest, Persian lime juice, and the egg yolks. After it's combined to your liking, pour it into your finished crust and pop it back into the oven. 

It will need to bake for around 20 minutes. When this time is up, move it onto a wire rack and let it cool for an hour. After it's cooled, it will need to go into the fridge to chill for 3 hours. 

5. Topper 

The last step is making the topper. All you have to do is beat your cream and powdered sugar with an electric mixer until soft peaks form. Spread this whipped cream over the pie and then garnish it with thin slices of Persian limes and lime zest.   

How to Make the Best Homemade Key Lime Pie with Persian Limes 

You may be nervous about making this popular citrus treat with Persian limes instead of key limes but rest assured it can be done and it will be delicious. All you have to do is follow this recipe and you'll make the best homemade key lime pie your family has ever had. 

Check out more great citrus recipes and insightful posts about Persian limes in our Citrus Simplified blog!

Would you like to make your pie with fresh limes that you grew yourself? Check out our Persian lime trees and Persian lime fruit boxes!

The Secrets of Making Perfect Homemade Marmalade

The Secrets of Making Perfect Homemade Marmalade

Nothing completes a fulfilling breakfast like fresh homemade marmalade. Learn how to make your own with these tips for unraveling the mysteries of marmalade.

Marmalade has been a delicious staple for many homes worldwide; however, unlike jams and jellies, making the perfect batch is not very easy. Many home cooks have trouble getting their creation to set properly, making their marmalade a watery mess. That's because you have to cook it at the right temperature so it can get a perfect consistency with each batch.

If you're wondering how to find the right setting point for your homemade marmalade then read the suggestions below. We are going to talk about the best-kept secrets of making the perfect batch of amber-colored fruit infused goodness. 

What Makes a Good Batch of Homemade Marmalade?

There are a lot of things that go into perfecting your next batch of marmalade, that range from choosing the right fruit to heating it at the right temperature. But, it's hard to tell if your preserves have adequately set, especially if you are new to making them. So how can you guess if your finished product was prepared right?

We are going to talk about that in this section the ways you can tell if your marmalade recipes are ready to go, by visually looking. There are a few options that you can choose from, below:

Look For Bubbles

When you're bringing your marmalade to a boil, you can tell the bubbles are forming fast. But when it begins to thicken, you will notice that the bubbles will be much slower, similar to a fish blinking its eyes. When your marmalade gets to that point, it's set enough to begin cooling in a clean jar.  

The Plate Wrinkle Test

The plate wrinkle test is the most used method to make sure your marmalade recipes are at the right consistency before you begin to can. You first take some saucers and place them in your freezer for a few hours. Once you take them out, put the hot marmalade onto the plates and place them back in your fridge for a few minutes. 

Take them out and push your finger into the preserve, and if it wrinkles, your homemade marmalade is complete. If it's still too liquidy, then put your mixture back on the stove for a little while to let it cook some more, before trying it again. You can also use the back of a spoon to perform the wrinkle test.

Check Your Temperatures 

You want your marmalade to have a temperature between 217 and 221 degrees Fahrenheit.  To check your temperatures, get a candy thermometer and submerge it in your mixture up to the designated line and wait for the reading to appear. It should only take a few minutes to get the correct temperature.  

Tips to Make the Perfect Marmalade

Sometimes, when you follow your homemade marmalade recipe to a tee, it may not come out to the desired consistency that you were hoping for when the batch was made. But there is hope because we have six tips to help every home cook perfect their marmalade recipe below:

  1. Choose quality fruit, and make sure that it's free of any damage, or else the marmalade will quickly deteriorate. Some favorite ingredients that are used when making their time-tested marmalade recipes are oranges and other citrus fruits
  2. Use granulated or preserving sugar when making your batch, but make sure that you dissolve all of your sugar before bringing your mixture to a boil. 
  3. Always make sure your peels are softened before adding the sugar, or else it will cause them to harden. 
  4. Once your mixture reaches its setting point, be sure to turn off the stove and let your marmalade to cool for ten minutes before canning. Your preserves will continue to set once they're in their jars. 
  5. Be sure to follow all safety measure when preparing and canning your finished mixture. Always use oven mitts and a wide-mouth funnel when storing your homemade marmalade. 
  6. When you can your marmalade, be sure to use a wax ring to keep any bacteria and mold away from your finished product, and to prevent any food born illnesses from occurring.

It's Time to Make a Delicious Batch of Marmalade

Making your homemade marmalade doesn't have to be difficult when you use the right tips and techniques. By using the right citrus and our secrets, you will have a delicious batch of orange marmalade that will last for months. Your tastebuds will thank you for all of your hard work.

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Explore our website to learn more about us, and see why we're the top citrus experts around. Also, check out the other great citrus recipes out there!