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Calamondin Magic: 7 Amazing Health Benefits of Calamansi Juice

Health Benefits of Calamondin/Calamansi Juice

Calamansi juice is derived from the calamondin fruit, also called the golden lime. Discover seven amazing health benefits of drinking calamansi juice below!

A cross between mandarin oranges and kumquats, calamansi are a small citrus fruit with a seriously sour taste. This brightly colored fruit is native to southeast Asia where they are commonly used to make fresh juice.

The benefits of calamansi juice go beyond a refreshing twist on lemonade. Drinking this tangy beverage daily can work wonders for your health.

Check out these 7 amazing health benefits of calamansi juice:

1. Lowers Cholesterol

Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. Calamansi juice can help lower your cholesterol leading to better heart health.

As a member of the citrus family, calamansi is rich in pectin, a soluble fiber that lowers LDL. A high LDL, or low-density lipoproteins, leads to a buildup of cholesterol in the arteries.

2. Strengthens Immunity

Your immune system is constantly fighting off bad germs to keep your body in balance. Choosing citrus fruits like calamansi helps your body build a strong defense system with its high Vitamin C content.

Vitamin C is critical to immune system function at the cellular level. When your body becomes deficient in Vitamin C, you're far more likely to suffer from infections.

3. Aids in Weight Loss

It's common knowledge that replacing high sugar drinks with fresh juices and citrus drinks can improve your health. Calamansi juice goes a step further by helping to eliminate stored fat.

Drinking calamansi juice means increased bowel movements, or alleviating constipation. It's a great way to gently detox while on your weight loss journey.

4. Reduces Body Odor

Body odor is caused by bacteria breaking down into acid on the body. The antibacterial qualities of calamansi juice help to remove this bacteria.

Simply add calamansi juice to your bath water and allow it to help cleanse unwanted odor from your skin. 

5. Prevents Diabetes

One of the major benefits of calamansi juice is diabetes prevention.

Turn to calamansi juice when you are prediabetic to help keep your glucose levels stable. Calamansi helps to lower blood glucose levels and regulate insulin secretion.

6. Boosts Energy

With so much processed food in the average American diet, fatigue has become an epidemic. Try calamansi juice with a drop of honey to help boost your energy. The fresh kick of Vitamin C and pungent flavor helps to do away with fatigue. 

7. Antioxidant

A common benefit of citrus fruits, in general, is serving as an antioxidant. Antioxidants are important because they support your body in removing free radicals which can become toxic over time.

Too many free radicals in the body mean a greater risk of disease. Calamansi juice is a great way to boost your immunity while eliminating the bad stuff from your body. 

The Benefits of Calamansi Juice

As a member of the citrus family, the benefits of calamansi juice are very similar to lemons and oranges. However, calamansi brings with it its own unique flavor that puts it in a league of its own.

Want to try the freshest calamansi juice possible by growing your own calamondin fruit? Try a fast-growing calamondin tree from our citrus tree selection!

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Citrus Caviar: 3 Ways to Use Finger Limes to Enhance Your Meals

Finger Lime Recipes

Finger limes are filled with 'caviar-like’ pearls full of lemon-lime juice. Learn the best finger lime recipes to know the best ways to use citrus caviar here.

Are you looking for the best finger lime recipes of 2019? They're in abundance but won't be useful if you're not sure how to incorporate the caviar lime. You also should know their history to have a better understanding of how to make the most of this unique fruit.

Creating the Best Finger Lime Recipes

Australian finger limes are apart of the citrus family, micro citrus specifically, and are native to Australia. The name derives from their size and shape being similar to human fingers. They sit at about 3 inches in length and come in an array of colors.

The pulp, or juice vesicles, of most citrus fruits and teardrops, share a shape. Yet, a finger lime's vesicles are small tiny balls that look similar to fruit caviar. It holds its shape until the beads burst into your mouth.

You can find finger limes in most specialty grocery stores and in some farmers markets. Most popular finger limes recipes include brightly colored ones for their vibrant look. Yet, choosing one with small brown patches won't affect the flavor.

They should be wrapped in plastic and stored in the refrigerator for a couple of weeks. You don't want them to become dull, dry or start to shrivel. If you don't have much luck finding them at your local stores, they can be ordered online.

To try them for yourself, cut the finger limes in half, then squeeze from the bottom to the top. It releases the pulp with small amounts of pulp that way. But for 3 additional ways to incorporate finger limes, continue reading.

Garnish Your Favorite Dishes

An Australian finger lime pairs well with seafood like oysters, scallops or sushi. The pulp serves as a great texture and change of flavor for other food as well. You could easily create vegetarian dishes, like nigiri sushi with papaya or avocado.

Finger limes and alcohol make for a superb combination. You could take cocktails to a next level by flourishing finger lime pulp on top, inside or on the side. Try a finger lime mojito, an elderflower gin fizz or even a simple gin and tonic.

Taking Salads to New Heights

You can freshen up any salad with a sprinkle of finger lime pulp. Try using finger limes on fruit salads to start. Avoid using any other citrus fruits so that the finger limes can really be the star of the show.

You could also try them in a fruit pairing, using watermelon and whipped feta or persimmons and ginger. The fruit combination alone is sure to rick anyone's taste buds.

This special caviar lime also works great on savory salad too. You can replace the citrus juice in most vinaigrettes with finger lime pulp instead. You can expect a burst of flavor with every single bite.

Giving Desserts That Extra Flair

Finger lime recipes for desserts are in abundance! Choose from citrus curd to cheesecake — you're sure to see the caviar lime make an appearance. The finger lime pulp makes for a great twist for even the most simple recipes.

Finger limes can be used in cookies, ice cream or on top of your favorite cream puffs. Serve them alongside a homemade pie or add them to a healthy, breakfast parfait. Who said you can't have dessert in the morning?

Bottom Line

Some of these finger lime recipes might already be your favorites for the year. Give them a go and be sure to add to the list as you go along.

Interested in growing your own finger limes? Try out one of our fast-growing Australian finger lime trees for sale here at US Citrus. They're pretty easy to grow!

For more ideas on incorporating finger limes in your next dish, check out more on our citrus blog!

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5 Things You Should Know About Planting Orange Trees

Planting Orange Trees

Planting an orange tree requires careful evaluation of your property and soil type. Learn how to plant, grow, water and harvest an orange tree correctly below.

If you've been wondering how to plant an orange tree, wonder no longer. These citrus beauties love to be planted in the springtime. They also enjoy sipping from well-watered soil, but they don't like sitting in pools of moisture.

Below, we'll outline everything you need to know to get started. We'll discuss how to prepare the soil, when to plant, and how to nurture a crop of mouth-watering beauties. Let's get started.

1. Time and Location

There's a reason why the south is the home of the orange. These trees require a lot of sunlight to thrive. Summer is certainly their best season, but there's a little more to it than that. 

Orange trees, like people, need a bit of time to acclimate to their new surroundings. If you start the planting in early spring, then they'll be well-positioned to stand strong come summertime. 

2. Soil Conditions

These are hearty trees that can survive in a variety of soil conditions. The main concern is drainage. If the soil doesn't drain well, then our orange tree is going to struggle. 

For optimal conditions, plant your orange tree in a mixture of clay, organic matter, and sand. Then, you'll want to test the area using the "one by one" rule.

Saturate the ground until you have one inch of standing water on the soil's surface. That water should absorb into the soil after an hour. If it doesn't, then you know you need to change the conditions. Likely, adding more sand will help. 

3. Planting

When it's time to plant your tree, take a look at the root ball. The hole you dig needs to be twice the diameter of the root ball. This will allow it to spread and flourish. 

As for depth, the top of the root ball should remain an inch above your topsoil because it settles into the ground once established. 

Are you planting multiple trees? If they're a standard size, space them anywhere from 12 to 25 feet apart. If you've invested in dwarf trees, then they'll only need six to ten feet between them. Here's further guidance on planting citrus trees.

4. Watering

In early spring, when you've first planted your orange tree, you should water it every few days. Consistent watering will help it grow. When you see that the top soil's dry, you'll know it's time to water. 

Water the tree until you notice the first five to six inches of the soil are moist. Remember, it's important your orange tree moist, but not waterlogged. There should be no standing water. Here's more about watering citrus trees.

5. Harvesting

When will your golden fruit be prime for plucking? Citrus fruit tends to take six to eight months to ripen. Although this varies from climate to climate, if you've planted in early spring, then you can start checking your fruit at the end of the year. 

January is often the best time for harvesting orange trees. When you think it's time, pick one of your oranges and test it for flavor.

It's important to only pick your oranges when they're ripe. They won't continue to ripen once they've been plucked from the tree. 

How to Plant an Orange Tree

What are the essential ingredients for a successful orange tree? Time, care, and attention. As you start to wonder how to plant an orange tree, remember your timing and soil conditions. Orange trees will thrive in the summer and don't like to be oversaturated with water.

For a vast selection of orange trees available for purchase, take a look at our finest selection of citrus trees for sale.

These include fast-growing Blood orange trees, Mandarin trees, Valencia orange trees, Navel orange trees, and Pineapple orange trees.

We hope you try and enjoy all our healthy offerings, from lemon trees to lime trees, grapefruit trees and more! Happy planting! May your gardens always flourish.

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5 Different Types of Lemons You Didn't Know Existed

Different Types of Lemons

Did you know there are literally tons of different types of lemons out there? In this article, we share 5 types of interesting lemons for you to discover!

You probably don't give much thought to the trusty lemon. You just grab a couple at the grocery store whenever you need them for homemade lemonade or a recipe.

Yet, the venerable lemon has many uses, such as an insect repellent, deodorizer, and cleaning agent. It also turns out that lemons come in over two-dozen varieties.

Keep reading and we'll tell you about 5 types of lemons you might not know about and may want to add to your citrus collection!

1. Pink Variegated Lemon

Believe it or not, pink lemonade isn't a marketing gimmick. They make fresh pink lemonade from the pink variegated lemon.

Known for its distinctive pink flesh, the pink variegated lemon also sports a yellow and green skin. Want to make your own pink lemonade? You can grow pink variegated lemons indoors.

2. Buddha's Hand Citron

The Buddha's hand Citron has one of the strangest appearances of all lemons. It looks like a collection of fingers or tentacles. Originally cultivated in ancient China, the odd-looking fruit migrated to California in the 1980s.

With its sweet rind, the Buddha's hand makes an excellent addition to cocktails and candies well. You can even use it as an alternative zest for special dishes.

3. Baboon Lemon

The name sounds made up, but the baboon lemon is a real variety of the fruit. Hailing from Brazil, the baboon lemon sports an extremely bright yellow skin. 

The flavor of the flesh, while still sour, bears more in common with the lime than with other lemons. That makes it an ideal candidate for mixing things up with your favorite lemon-based recipes.

4. Nepali Oblong Lemon

The Nepali oblong isn't a fruit you'll find in most US or European grocery stores. Known for its smooth skin, this lemon offers a medium level of tartness. That makes it an excellent choice for most lemon recipes.

The Nepali oblong is a commercial fruit crop in India. 

5. Jhambiri Lemon

Like the Nepali Oblong, the Jhambiri lemon or rough lemon doesn't get much attention in the West. It's far more common in Asia.

The Jhambiri lemon sports a surprisingly rough skin. The flesh of the lemon is also extremely sour, much more so than lemon varieties routinely used in the US or Europe. If you want to take your sour game to a whole new level, though, track down some Jhambiri lemons.

Parting Thoughts on Types of Lemons

Don't feel bad if your part of that group who never thought much about lemons. Since most stores only carry a few of the many types of lemons, you might have thought those were the only ones available.

Now that you do know, though, you can expand your lemon-based recipes to include some of the more offbeat varieties. Imagine how impressed your guests will be when you make pink lemonade with actual pink lemons. 

Want to try your hand at growing your own lemons? We specialize in indoor citrus trees and plants including Meyer lemon trees, Pink variegated lemon trees, and Eureka lemon trees. Try growing your own lemons today!

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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!