Florida is known as a top leader in citrus fruit production and is responsible for growing most of USA’s citrus crop (think: oranges, lemons, tangerines, limes, and grapefruit). Citrus are in season for at least 10 months of the year in Florida, guaranteeing no shortage of these delicious fruits to sample at any time. I went to the grocery store last week, and when I looked at the citrus offering, I felt like they were smiling; I had to take a few with me!
Citrus fruits have many nutritional properties, and have a long history of being used for its medicinal and essential oil attributes. They are rich in vitamin C, are a great source of fiber, contain valuable flavonoids, have a low glycemic index, and are packed with potassium. Also, citrus oil scents are beneficial for uplifting mood, promoting healthy and glowing skin, cleansing or purifying, and promote sense of focus. In fact, daily, I put some water with a few drops of Doterra citrus essential oil in my scent diffuser, and as soon as the smell hits my nostrils, I can’t but inevitably smile.
Needless to say, citrus fruits are extremely versatile in recipes! I often drink lemon with warm water in the morning, use orange or lime juice to marinate poultry or fish, add a few slices of lemon with mint leaves to sparkling water for a refreshing drink, or add it to my salads, like the one below that I made with the oranges and grapefruits I got at the grocery store! Try this recipe out and take your salad to the next level. Don’t forget to let me know what you think!
Orange & Grapefruit Mixed Greens Salad
Baby Spinach Arugula Mixed Greens
Oranges and Grapefruit, peeled, sliced and cubed
Olive Oil, Balsamic vinegar, and Salt to taste
In a bowl combine mixed greens, oranges, grapefruit and slivered almonds. Season with olive oil, balsamic vinegar and salt to taste. You can enjoy by itself, as a side dish, or on top of a bread toast.