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3 Red Grapefruit Recipes to Be Grateful For

Red Grapefruit Recipes

Cooking with red grapefruit is a delight. Here are some of the best red grapefruit recipes to try out, including delicious and healthy pie, salad, and bread!

Grapefruit is an awesome and delicious fruit that has loads of great health benefits.

These citrus fruits are jam-packed full of vitamins and nutrients that are essential to daily life

However, it can be difficult to integrate this superfruit into recipes. That's why we are going to show you 3 delicious recipes that include red grapefruit. 

Let's jump right in!

Red Grapefruit Meringue Pie

If you are a fan of lemon meringue pie like many people are, you are going to love this grapefruit spin. 

Ingredients you will need include:

  • 2 Cups of red grapefruit juice
  • 1 1/3 Cups of your sweetener of choice (sugar, xylitol, monk fruit, etc...)
  • 1/3 Cup cornstarch
  • 2 Tbsp of butter
  • 1/2 Tsp of lemon extract
  • 3 Large eggs
  • 1/4 Tsp cream of tartar

You'll start by adding either your homemade dough or storebought dough into your 9-inch pie pan. From there, you will begin mixing your meringue ingredients into a large bowl. 

It's important that you separate your egg yolks and whites, as the whites are for the meringue and the yolks are for the filling. Beat your meringue to a whip. 

In a saucepan, bring your sweetener, grapefruit juice, cornstarch, butter, lemon extract, and egg yolks to a simmer and add in 3/4 cup of water. 

Add these ingredients to the pie pan, first filling then meringue, and put the pie into an oven pre-heated to 350 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes. 

Enjoy!

Avocado Grapefruit Salad

There's nothing quite like a refreshing citrus salad. It's common to add oranges to a salad, but rarer to see grapefruit. This is a great alternative!

You'll need your favorite salad ingredients. We recommend spinach leaves and arugula, but you are the master of your own salad.

Peel and slice your grapefruit and add into a bowl with 1 or 2 tbsp of your choice of sweetener to take some of the bitterness of raw grapefruit. 

Mix up your greens with some walnuts, thinly sliced onion, and avocado. Put the grapefruit slices on top and drizzle over the remaining juices from the bowl. 

And there you have it! An extremely refreshing and healthy salad that can be a mean of its own or a side dish. 

Grapefruit Poppy Seed Bread

This bread is incredible and everyone in your family will absolutely love it! 

Here are the ingredients you will need:

  • 1 Cup of softened butter
  • 2 Cups of flour
  • 1-2/3 Cups of your choice of sweetener
  • 1 Tsp of salt
  • 1/2 Tsp of baking powder
  • 3 Large eggs
  • 3/4 Cup of vanilla yogurt
  • 3 Tbsp of poppy seeds
  • 1/4 Cup of grapefruit juice
  • 2 Tbsp of grapefruit zest
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Start by pre-heating your oven to 350 degrees and grease your 9 by 5-inch loaf pan. Add to a large bowl all of your ingredients one at a time, beating between each.

Once you've got all ingredients mixed together, add to your loaf pan and put it into the oven for 55 minutes to an hour. 

Let cool, slice, and enjoy!

Add Grapefruit to Your Diet Today

Grapefruit is a powerful citrus that can make a huge impact on your overall health. Adding some red grapefruit to your diet can boost your energy, improve your immune system, and it tastes delicious!

Try out some of these recipes to integrate grapefruit into your daily meals and you will be glad that you did. 

Want to grow your own grapefruit? Check out this article on growing Rio Red grapefruits in containers

Then, try out one of our fast-growing Rio Red grapefruit trees for sale online right here at US Citrus and delivered to your door!

3 Best Recipes Involving Blood Oranges

3 Best Recipes with Blood Oranges

Blood oranges are delicious on their own or as ingredients in other dishes. Here are some of the top blood orange recipes to try, including drinks and food!

Did you know blood oranges have flavors of raspberry hints and citrus notes?

Do you have a bunch of blood oranges and are wondering what to do with them? Not to worry! In this article, we’ll go over some simple and fun recipes to try.

Want to learn more? Keep reading to find out!

Recipes for Blood Oranges

Blood oranges have been popular in Italy and Spain for centuries. They are now cultivated in the US. Look for blood oranges at your grocery store from December to May. The Moro variety is available from December to March.

Make a Blood Orange Drink

You can make a delicious drink with vodka and blood-orange juice. You’ll need flaky sea salt, two lime slices, ice, and three tablespoons of fresh blood-orange juice.

Make sure you have one twist from the peel to use as a garnish. You’ll also want two tablespoons of tomato juice and one and a half ounces of tequila.

Run the cut side of one of your lime slices around the rim of your glass. Dip the rim in salt and then fill it with ice.

Add your tequila and juices. Drop a few dashes of hot sauce and stir once. Garnish with your twist, lime slices, and a bit of black pepper. Check out these other tasty citrus cocktails.

Blood Orange Fish

For this dish, you’ll need one chopped blood orange, half a cup of cubed avocado, and a third cup of chopped red onion.

Mince two teaspoons of red jalapeno and squeeze two teaspoons of fresh lime juice. You’ll also need two teaspoons of olive oil and two six ounce mahi-mahi fillets.

Add avocado, onion, jalapeno, lime juice, and oranges to a bowl. Stir to blend and season the salsa with salt. Heat the oil in a medium-sized skillet over medium heat.

Sprinkle your fish with pepper and salt. Add the fish to the skillet. Saute until cooked through and brown, around five minutes for each side. Place your fillets on two plates. Spoon your salsa over the fish and serve.

Blood Orange Chicken

For this dish, you’ll need four boneless skinless chicken breasts. Halve all four. Juice two blood oranges and mince half an onion. Chop three cloves of garlic and juice three more blood oranges.

Set aside three tablespoons of olive oil and one tablespoon of butter. You'll also need three-quarter cups of chicken stock. Chop one teaspoon of fresh parsley and set aside three tablespoons of dry white wine.

In a baking dish, sprinkle the juice of two blood oranges over chicken. Marinate for 24 hours. Drain and discard the unused marinade. Pour the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Season the chicken breasts with pepper and salt.

Brown chicken on both sides. It will take around four minutes per side. Transfer to a plate and cover with foil.

Melt butter in a cleaned skillet over medium heat and add your onion and garlic. This will take around five minutes. Stir in juice of three blood oranges, white wine, parsley, and chicken stock. Bring this mixture to a boil.

Return chicken breasts to the skillet and lower the heat. Simmer until it’s no longer pink inside. This could take up to seven minutes. Plate your chicken and drizzle the pan juice over the meat. 

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We hope you found these recipes for blood oranges helpful. Have fun making some flavorful dishes with your blood oranges.

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Your Guide to All the Different Types of Lemon Tree

Different Types of Lemon Tree

Did you know there are different types of lemon tree? Here is a handy guide to the different types and how they differ, including flavors, growth and more.

Do you enjoy knowing where your food comes from? 

Many of us in the U.S. grow vegetables just for that reason.

So why not grow your own lemon trees, too?

They are easy to take care of and you'll be able to pick them at their peak, so they will taste better than any lemon you will find at the grocery store! There are many types of lemon tree. One of these types of lemons is sure to be your perfect match.

Is a Lemon a Fruit?

A lemon is technically a fruit because it has seeds. Lemons are part of the citrus family of fruits. They have a peel on the outside with juice and pulp on the inside.

How to Pick a Lemon Tree

When deciding on how to pick a lemon tree, you need to consider where you prefer to grow the tree? Inside or outside?

If outside, how cold does it get in your area? If it gets colder than 32 degrees Fahrenheit, you will want to look for a tree that can be grown (or moved) indoors. If you are in the zones 9-11 in the U.S., lemons will be hardy outside for you year-round.

Lemons trees grow to different sizes when full-height, with some being over 20 feet tall by 20 feet wide. Many also come in dwarf sizes which may be more appropriate when choosing an indoor/patio tree since most grow to only 10 feet tall and they can be grown in containers.

Types of Lemon Tree

Amber (Eureka) Lemon

Eureka lemon trees are a low acid variety. Their fruit is one of the common lemons found in most grocery stores in the U.S.

They produce lemons that have hints of orange and lime, making them a good option for both lemonade and cocktails. They also have a nice peel for zesting.

Eureka Lemon tree grows well in hardiness zones 10-11. They come in both standard and dwarf sizes. They produce fruit year-round.

Meyer

Meyer lemon trees are a sweet lemon tree variety.  This is because they are a hybrid created by crossing a lemon with a sweet orange or mandarin.

Meyer lemons produce larger, round, slightly sweeter fruit than the Eureka or Lisbon lemons and they have lots of seeds. They are great for making lemonade, lemon-flavored desserts, and cocktails.

Meyer lemons have a thin peel, making them not the best choice for zesting.

Because Meyer lemons trees are a more cold-resistant variety and can tolerate as low as 20 degrees Fahrenheit, they can be grown both inside and out. They are also available in a dwarf variety.

Lisbon

Lisbon lemon trees produce fruit similar in taste to the Eureka, but they contain more juice. Thus, their uses are similar, too. 

Their fruit is also common in most U.S. grocery stores.

Lisbon lemon tree grows well in hardiness zones 9 and 10. 

Lisbon trees can grow to as high as 30 feet tall by 25 feet wide. 

Pink Variegated

Pink Variegated lemon trees bear fruit that's also called Pink Eureka Lemon or Pink Lemonade. It gets its name from the light pink flesh of its fruit.

Its juice is very sour, but the fruit contains few seeds, making it ideal for making lemonade. Also, because it has a thick peel, it is a good choice for zesting.

Pink Variegated lemon trees can be grown inside or out. Once mature, it will produce fruit year-round.

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Besides, lemons have both culinary and non-culinary uses, so you'll always have a need for some.

And, if you by chance have any extras, your family, friends, and neighbors will be happy to receive them!

If you have any more questions about what types of lemon tree would be best for you, please check out our blog for more information.

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!