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Sweetly Sour: 5 Incredible Citrus Desserts To Try This Spring

Citrus Desserts

Are you ready to refresh your palate with some tangy citrus goodness? Try these 5 tasty citrus desserts this spring. They're easy to prepare and delicious!

Citrus fruits are not only pretty, but they’re also good for you. They’re full of antioxidants, vitamins, and fiber.

There’s something special about eating a dessert that you know is benefiting your body in some way at the same time. It kind of feels like cheating.

Ready to brighten up your days with some sweet and sour citrus desserts? Keep reading to discover five that you’ll definitely want to try.

1. Simple Lemon Drizzle Cake

If you’re in the mood for a lemon dessert without a lot of trouble, try out this easy lemon drizzle cake recipe. It’s so simple that it only requires five ingredients to make. This would be a good one for your kids to help with too.

It’s great for those who are looking for not-too-sweet-desserts. And, who doesn’t love cakes for dessert?

2. Orange Citrus Tart

Imagine a crisp buttery crust filled with a tart center and topped with sliced blood oranges. Is your mouth watering yet? This orange dessert is guaranteed to hit the spot.

3. Mini Key Lime Pies: No Baking Required

In the mood for key lime and a little cuteness? We’ve got just the recipe for you.

There’s no baking required and these little babies are super simple to make. You can’t go wrong with the graham cracker, cream cheese, and key lime combination.

You may have seen a few mini key lime pie recipes around the web, but most of them take a whopping 3–4 hours to make! Ain’t nobody got time for that. 20 minutes sounds much better.

These are great for kids or for bringing to a cook-out. Their small size makes them the perfect finger food.

4. Lemon-Blueberry Smash

If you’re looking for cold lemon desserts to bring to a potluck or family gathering, try this lemon-blueberry icebox cake. Since it’s not a typical flour-based cake, there’s no baking required.

It features layers of tangy lemon pudding, cool whip, and graham crackers. It looks as fancy as it tastes.

5. Lemon Bars Without the Gluten

Sensitive to gluten? Enjoy delicious lemon bars anyway. Our last recipe recommendation is for those of you that need a gluten-free option.

These delicate beauties are so close to the real thing that even your guests won’t be able to tell that they’re gluten-free.

Citrus Desserts for the Win: Your Turn

Time to get out your apron and mixing bowl. Next, to bake or not to bake is the question. Try out our top picks in citrus desserts and let us know what you think.

Love cooking with citrus fruits? Why not plant your own citrus tree?

If you need help deciding which are best suited for your location, click the little message icon in the corner. We’d love to help!

4 Common Types of Lemons You'll Find in Your Local Grocery Store

Common Types of Lemons

Knowing the different types of lemons can help you determine the ideal options for you. Read on to learn the common options you can find at your local store.

A lemon isn't just a lemon.

Instead, there are dozens of different types of lemons.

The different types of lemons can be a bit of a mystery to those who aren't in the know.

If you're looking for some of the most common varieties of lemon that are hanging around the grocery store you're in the right place.

Read on and we'll describe four of the most commonly sold lemon types you can find at the store or as lemon trees, and tell you what they're best for.

1. Lisbon Lemons

Most often labeled as just plain lemons in grocery stores, Lisbon lemons are one of the varieties which commonly come to mind when you picture a lemon.

They're an acidic variety of the fruit, as opposed to a sweet one, and are commonly found in supermarkets worldwide.

They're one of the smoother varieties of lemon and can be distinguished from Eureka lemons by the presence of a pointed end opposite the stem.

2. Eureka Lemons

Extremely similar to Lisbon lemons in taste and texture, Eureka lemons can be distinguished by having a neck beneath the stem and a rougher texture.

When it comes to culinary uses the two varieties of lemon are pretty much indistinguishable. They have extremely similar profiles in taste and acidity, close enough that few people can tell the difference at all.

If you have the option, however, the thicker skin of Eureka lemons make them a slightly better choice for zest.

Want to grow your own? We offer fast-growing Eureka lemon trees for sale.

3. Meyer Lemons

Meyer lemons are actually a hybrid fruit and not a true lemon. The plant originates from crossbreeding citron and mandarin.

They're one of the few varieties that you'll find labeled separately in a grocery store.

Due to their hybrid origins, Meyer lemons are much further on the sweet side of things than most other varieties of lemon.'

They can be distinguished from common lemons by their smaller size and darker coloration. They tend to hit the shelves in winter and early spring as well since they're one of the best varieties to grow indoors.

They're a fascinating variety, but don't try to substitute them for regular lemons in cooking unless you're sure the different flavor profile will suit the dish better.

Want to try this interesting hybrid lemon? Try out some fast-growing Meyer lemon trees for sale as well!

4. Bearss Lemons

Similar in appearance to both the Eureka and Lisbon lemons are Bearss lemons. The cultivar originated in Italy but can now be found growing in Florida.

Bearss lemons sometimes hit the shelves, often as another generic variety of "lemon."

While one of the cultivars which appear in stores, the Bearss lemon differentiates itself primarily by its various commercial uses.

The trees carry a larger-than-normal amount of fruit and the peels contain a higher portion of essential oils than Lisbon or Eureka which makes them an attractive choice for those who are looking to capitalize on various refined lemon products.

The Many Types of Lemons

This is just a small sample of the many exotic lemons which can be found if you know where to look. For the most part, these four types of lemons form the bulk of the lemon trade in the US.

With a growing interest in exotic cultivars, however, we may be seeing other varieties on shelves in the near future.

Or, you can grow your own citrus trees!

If you're ready to start caring for your own citrus trees then check out our citrus blog where we regularly provide insight and tips to help your citrus gardening endeavors.

5 Healthy Benefits of Citrus Fruits You May Be Missing Out

Benefits of Citrus Fruits

There are several benefits of citrus fruits you can enjoy if you eat them daily. Continue reading below to learn more about these vitamin-packed fruits and benefits.

From 2017 through 2018, 49 million metric tons of oranges were sold across the globe. Oranges are a juicy way to boost your heart and brain health, and to lose a little weight, too.

There are lots of health benefits in all kinds of citrus fruits. From heart health to skin and hair perks, citrus fruits are packed with goodness. Read on and find out more of the benefits of citrus fruits.

Heart Health

While all fiber is good for you, soluble fiber is the one that helps to lower cholesterol levels. Soluble fiber plays a valuable role in heart health and weight loss. Citrus fruits have a very high ratio of soluble fiber to insoluble fiber.

Fighting Cancer

One of the health benefits of citrus fruits is their high content of cancer-fighting flavonoids. Flavonoids include powerful antioxidants. These antioxidants help to block cancers from forming.

Weight Loss

Weight loss is one of the benefits of citrus fruits that dieters have known for years. Citrus fruits are high in both water and fiber content, meaning that eating them makes you feel full. Their low caloric content makes them a very popular choice for weight loss

Vitamins

Everyone knows one of the biggest benefits of citrus fruits is that they pack a vitamin-filled punch. They are full of vitamins including C, B, and D and contain many vital minerals like magnesium and copper.

Brain Health

The flavonoids and antioxidants in citrus fruits fight brain diseases. Parkinson's and Alzheimer's are caused by inflammation and brain cell breakdown. Flavonoids, like apigenin and hesperidin, reduce inflammation and boost brain function.

Getting the Health Benefits of Citrus Fruits Daily

Even if you’re not a fan of fruits, you can still add many citrus fruit health benefits into your diet in any number of ways:

  • Enjoy them in easy to make recipes
  • Squeeze fresh fruits into juices and juice blends
  • Use citrus fruits as garnishes 
  • Soften citrus rinds and grind them into cookie or pancake batter

Starting your day with lemon juice is a great way to increase metabolism, fight infection, detoxify, aid digestion, and boost your immune system. Try drinking lemon juice in hot water for a soothing tea, or squeezing it into cold water for a refreshing sugar-free beverage.

There are also many additional benefits of lemon for your skin and hair.

Enjoy the Benefits of Citrus Fruits by Growing Your Own

Citrus fruit trees are not difficult to grow indoors. They need the right amounts of light, water, and temperatures. As they grow, you may need to move your indoor citrus tree to the patio or transplant them outside. Follow our complete instructions on planting, growing, and caring for your citrus tree.

Citrus fruit trees do very well in a variety of climates and are very easy to care for at home. Many kinds of citrus trees are sturdier and designed to grow anywhere. These varieties include grapefruit, lemon, lime, and orange trees.

Check out our selection of ready-to-plant trees and see how easy it is to enjoy the benefits of citrus fruits in your own back yard. We also offer juicy hand-picked citrus fruit in gift boxes, delivered right to your door.

What Are Dwarf Citrus Trees? This Is What You Need to Know

Dwarf Citrus Trees

As a gardener, how much do you know about dwarf citrus trees? These smaller citrus trees provide tasty fruit just like regular citrus trees. Keep on reading to learn more!

Did you know that the average citrus tree will live as long as 50 years?

While it varies between type, a citrus tree can yield a significant amount of fruit in that lifetime. A full grown lemon tree, for example, can bear about 100 pounds of fruit per year once it reaches maturity. But what about a dwarf citrus tree?

Whether you're a lover of citrus fruits, a lover of gardening, or both, dwarf citrus trees are easy to manage and add color and fragrance to your home or garden. If you're looking for your next gardening project, look no further than these fruit-bearing bushes.

Learn more about what they are and how you care for them here.

What Is a Dwarf Citrus Tree?

A dwarf citrus tree, like any dwarf tree, is a regular tree that's been trained to grow smaller than it naturally would. It's grafted onto smaller plant rootstock so that it grows to a fraction of the size of a full-sized, regular tree.

The result of this process is a tree that produces the same citrus fruit as a full-sized tree but is far more accessible. It can be accommodated by even the smallest parcels of land. Typically, a dwarf citrus tree doesn't grow any larger than 8-10 feet in height.

The most common types of citrus trees are orange, lime, lemon, grapefruit, tangelo, and kumquat. But you can find dwarf citrus trees in almost any types and variety.

Types of Dwarf Trees

When looking for dwarf trees, you'll notice that they're called by 3 different names:

  1. Genetic dwarf trees are also called miniature trees. They're available in almond, apricot, cherry, peach, nectarine, and apple.
  2. Dwarf interstem trees can be found in apple and pear.
  3. Dwarf trees are the only variety of grafted tree that includes citrus options as well as apple, cherry, fig, nectarine, olive, pear, plum, peach, and apricot.

If you're looking for a dwarf citrus tree, you'll have to look specifically for the third variety of grafted tree. Unlike the first two varieties, dwarf trees won't tolerate weed competition and will require staking.

Benefits of Dwarf Citrus Trees

Dwarf citrus trees offer aesthetic and tangible benefits, including:

  • Beautiful and fragrant flowers
  • Evergreen foliage
  • A manageable gardening project for small spaces or people with limited time
  • Full-size fruit that's accessible and easy to harvest from the ground
  • A well-behaved root system
  • Easy pest control
  • More fruit than a full sized tree

Not only will your dwarf citrus tree give you just as much fruit if not more than your standard citrus tree, but it will also start producing that fruit at least 1-3 years earlier than a regular tree.

Caring for a Dwarf Citrus Tree

The most important consideration for taking care of your tree is drainage. The roots of a dwarf tree can't function properly if they're waterlogged or standing in water for too long. They require a constant supply of moisture that's able to drain without obstruction.

In order to flower, your tree will require lots of warmth and sunshine. You'll also want to plant it in a planting mix that's made specifically for citrus or fruit trees.

More Citrus Simplified

Dwarf citrus trees are an excellent option when you don't have room for a full-size tree. They often produce more fruit than a standard tree and are easier to access. And with almost variety of fruit plant available, you can have your choice of fruits almost all-year long.

For more information on properly caring for your citrus trees, dwarfs or not, check out more on our blog.

Understanding the Water Requirements for a Lemon Citrus Tree

Water Requirements for a Lemon Citrus Tree

Your lemon citrus tree needs enough water to grow healthily. In this post, we cover the essential water requirements for healthy lemon citrus tree growth.

Looking for a way to ensure that your yard is truly breathtaking?

There's nothing quite as lovely as a lemon tree. 

However, to keep your trees beautiful, and to help them grow fresh lemons you can enjoy, you need to get to know the basics of lemon citrus tree care. 

In this post, we'll tell you everything you need to know about watering your lemon citrus tree the right way.

The Basics of Watering a Lemon Citrus Tree

First, understand that rainwater alone isn't enough to keep your lemon citrus tree happy. 

Though you certainly don't want to drown your lemon tree, as this can make is susceptible to all kinds lemon tree diseases, you need to be sure it's getting the same amount of moisture it would in its natural habitat. 

Whether you plant your tree in a pot or place it directly in the soil, you need to completely saturate the root ball. 

If possible, make it a point to water your lemon tree first thing in the morning. 

Remember that, to avoid overwatering the tree, you should make sure to check the area around the roots. If it feels soggy already, hold off on watering. 

Tree Age and Watering

Proper citrus tree watering schedules vary with age. 

If you have a tree that's young enough to still have a trunk under an inch in diameter, you should water it three times a week in the summer, and once a week when it's fall.

When you first get an outdoor lemon tree, you should give it about two gallons of water daily at the trunk for four weeks. 

If you're keeping the tree indoors, remember that it needs 12-18 hours of sunlight every day to thrive. You should give it a cup of water every day for the first month.

In summer, you should use about 5 gallons of water each week for potted lemon trees. Larger trees will need much more than that, as will younger trees

If it's freezing in the winter, you should likely only water the tree a few times every week.

If it's been an especially rainy week in any season, make sure to check your plant's root systems to avoid overwatering. 

If the tree is old enough to have a trunk greater than an inch in diameter, you won't need to water it as often. 

Usually, once or twice a week is fine. Because the root system is thoroughly in the ground, make sure you water the older trees deeply. 

Need More Citrus Tree Care Advice?

Now that you better understand how to water your lemon citrus tree, we know you're likely curious about what else you should do to keep it healthy and happy. 

For more detailed advice, be sure to check out our care guide

Interested in growing other citrus trees

Be sure to check out the different options we have to offer, from lime trees to blood orange trees and beyond. Make this the year you finally give your home, patio, yard or even the exterior of your business the upgrade it deserves.