Citrus Fruits

Citrus shrubs or trees grow best in sub-tropical, Mediterranean-type climates. Citrus fruits are well known for being high in vitamin C, which is essential for good health. Scientists have discovered that they are also packed with a wide variety of super nutrients and different kinds of dietary fibre.

High intakes of citrus fruit may reduce risk of cataracts and help our skin to protect itself from sun damage from the inside out.

Grapefruits

Grapefruit

A “breakfast” fruit, grapefruits can be yellow or pink. The latter have a higher content of the carotene pigment lycopene. The bitter taste of grapefruits comes from the substance naringin.

Kumquats

Kumquats

These citrus fruits have a tender skin that can be eaten with the flesh, making them a particularly food source of protective super nutrients.

Lemons

Lemons

These fruits contain almost 5% citric acid. This high acid content makes lemons unsuitable for eating raw.

Limes

Limes

Used in chutneys and pickles, limes are rich in vitamin C. They used to be carried on ships and given to sailors to prevent them from getting scurvy.

Oranges

Oranges

Unusually for fruits, these provide us with the B vitamin folate, which may help to reduce the risk of heart disease, and possibly play a role in helping to keep the blues at bay.

Tangerines

Tangerines

Similar to mandarins and satsumas, tangerines are easy to peel, which makes them popular with children.

Ugli Fruits

Ugli Fruits

A cross between tangerines and grapefruits, these fruits are sweeter than grapefruits. They make interesting desert fruits.