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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!

Staying Hydrated in the Summer Heat: How to Make Citrus Water

How to Make Citrus Water

Citrus water is perfect for anyone who wants to stay hydrated but finds plain water boring or flavorless. Read on to learn how to make healthy citrus water.

Up to 75 percent of Americans are chronically dehydrated, according to doctors. 

Everyone knows that they should be drinking more water. However, water is always so boring to drink. It doesn't taste of much at all. Therefore, it's understandable that you may want to stay hydrated by drinking something with a little more flavor.

Citrus water can give you the same health benefits of water, but with added citrus health benefits, and without the flavorless taste. Check out how to make it yourself below!

Why Citrus Water Is Better for You

If you want a refreshing summer drink with more flavor than water, you don't have to look beyond citrus water. Without the sugary sweetness of sodas, citrus water is even better for you than a glass of water.

While it tastes best in the summer, you can also enjoy the drink all-year-round. The benefits of citrus drinks are also huge.

Citrus fruits are packed with vitamin C. This improves your body's ability to absorb iron and promotes skin protection.

Lemons, Limes, or Oranges?

You could have and utilize every kind of citrus tree growing in your back yard. This gives your citrus water great variety when you prepare it. You can pick one or more citrus fruits for your drink. 

Lemon Citrus Water?

Eating lemons has been linked with anti-aging and fighting off diseases. They also help your body to absorb nutrients effectively. Lemons give you a fresher breath at the same time as other health benefits. 

Oranges Citrus Water?

Oranges are well-known for the quality of boosting your immune system. You're stronger and fitter if you get enough oranges in your diet.

Once you've had some oranges in the morning, you've had enough vitamin C to keep you going for the rest of the day.

Lime Citrus Water?

There are also many health benefits of lime. The green citrus fruit has been linked with reduced risk of heart disease and improved digestion. Limes can also help to fight off the causes of cancer and improve your skin quality. 

How to Make Citrus Water?

Citrus water is simple to prepare. Just make sure you wash any citrus fruit before you use it. It's probably been gathering dirt in your garden.

Fill up a pitcher of water. Simple throw together several slices of citrus fruit. This can be a mixture of lemon, lime, and oranges to add more flavor.

You serve the citrus water immediately. However, for optimal taste, you should refrigerate it for over an hour. Pour it into a glass with ice for the perfect refreshing drink this summer. 

Stay Hydrated With Citrus Water This Summer

During the summertime, it's really important to stay hydrated.

But, this doesn't mean you need to drink water the whole time. You can enjoy refreshing and delicious citrus water instead. 

Do you want to learn more about growing your own citrus fruit trees? Check out our blog posts all about growing Meyer lemons.

Or, snag your very own Meyer lemon tree right here at US Citrus to grow your own delicious natural lemons for the best citrus water!

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!

6 Orange Juice Smoothie Recipes to Super-Charge Your Day

Orange Juice Smoothie Recipes

Nothing beats a citrus smoothie for a convenient healthy vitamin boost. Try these refreshing orange juice smoothie recipes for a great start to your day.

Oranges pack a powerful nutritional citrus punch, with one orange giving you the recommended daily allowance (RDA) for citrus plus health-boosting flavonoids that protect us from bad boys like heart disease and cancer.

Flavonoids also offer a one-two punch when it comes to fighting inflammation, viruses, and bacteria. And thanks to vitamin A and B plus the calcium, fiber, and potassium they contain, they're a fabulous way to start your day.

And if you hook them up with other goodies in a tasty orange juice smoothie, you're really set.

To give you some ideas for this fabulous breakfast option, we've put together six of our favorite recipes with orange juice for you to try. Keep reading to see which pop out at you, then grab your blender and give your favorites a try.

1. Berry Blast

We love this one because the yogurt gives it that rich texture. Plus, it tastes delicious!

Add the following to your blender:

  • Fresh-squeezed orange juice -- 3/4 cup
  • Your choice/mix of fresh or frozen blueberries, raspberries, strawberries -- 6 to 7 ounces
  • Plain Greek or another yogurt -- 4 to 5 tbsp.
  • Ice -- a handful of cubes
  • Fresh mint -- a few leaves

Blend and enjoy!

2. Frothy Wonder

Think fresh and frothy on top with this wonderful delight. It's especially great on hot summer mornings because it's so light but tasty.

Add the following to your blender:

  • Fresh-squeezed orange juice -- 3/4 cup
  • Fresh or frozen banana
  • Whole milk or the thickest of your favorite nondairy delight -- 1/4 cup
  • Ice -- a handful of cubes
  • Vanilla (extract) -- 1/4 tsp.

Blend and enjoy!

When we make our smoothies, we use oranges picked from our own fruit trees. Somehow they just taste so much better. Then again, growing citrus fruit trees is our thing. But it can be yours too. 

We like to use navel oranges as they give you so much sweet juice. If interested, check out these easy tips on growing navel oranges successfully.

3. Coconut Strawberry Crush

This one is so refreshing. And we love the coconut flavor under the citrus and strawberry blast.

Add the following to your blender:

  • Fresh, peeled orange -- 1
  • Fresh strawberries -- 2 1/2 cups
  • Coconut milk fresh or from the market-- 1/2 cup
  • Ice -- a handful of cubes

Blend and enjoy!

4. Fabulous Fig Sweetness

This smoothie is for those of you with a sweet tooth. It's so tasty!

Add the following to your blender:

  • Fresh-squeezed orange juice -- 3/4 cup
  • Fresh or frozen bananas -- 2
  • Fresh figs -- 6
  • Whole milk or the thickest of your favorite nondairy delights -- 1/4 cup
  • Ice -- a handful of cubes

Blend and enjoy!

5. Super Green Go Get 'Em

This one gives you all the extra nutrients that come with fresh greens like spinach. Get ready for a huge energy boost to start your day.

Add the following to your blender:

  • Fresh-squeezed orange juice -- 1 cup
  • Fresh or frozen bananas -- 2
  • Fresh apples -- 2
  • Fresh or frozen strawberries -- 1 cup
  • Fresh baby spinach or kale -- 2 cups
  • Ice -- a handful of cubes

Blend and enjoy!

6. Sweet 'N Rich Surprise

The surprise here is avocado. You may think, "yuck," who wants avocado mixed with the sweet flavors? Well, try it before you say anything because avocado is great sweet in a smoothie, just like it is in ice cream!

Add the following to your blender:

  • Fresh-squeezed orange juice -- 1 cup
  • Fresh avocado -- 1
  • Fresh or frozen strawberries -- 4
  • Vanilla yogurt -- 1/2 cup
  • Honey -- 1 tsp.
  • Ice -- a handful of cubes

Blend and enjoy!

Try Your Favorite Orange Juice Smoothie

Now that you have our favorites when it comes to orange juice smoothie recipes, it's time for you to grab your blender and give them a go.

Did any of these orange smoothie recipes pop out at you? Start there!

And once you get hooked, you might want to grow your own citrus! This is a great option if you live in a warm enough climate like California, Texas, and Florida. With US Citrus trees, you can grow citrus indoors or out!

These trees produce a lot of fruit and you can make sure to grow organically so you have the healthiest citrus. Plus, it's quite fun and satisfying when you know you're drinking oranges that you grew!

Dive into our citrus blog for citrus growing advice, delicious citrus recipes and more!