Citrus fruit is full of vitamin C. You probably think of oranges when you think of vitamin C, but other citrus fruits have it as well.
Here’s a breakdown of some of my favorite citrus.
Which citrus to choose?
Pomelo is an ancestor of grapefruit. It can have 412% of your daily value of Vitamin C. It can help prevent cell damage, regulate blood pressure, is antibacterial and antifungal. Pomelo is sweet and tart, but not sour.
Grapefruit is one of the healthiest citrus fruits. It is has the most vitamin C of all citrus fruits, can lower cholesterol, help you lose weight, and kill bad bacteria in the body. There are many types of grapefruit; my favorite is Ruby Red. Ruby Red grapefruit has a sweet and sour taste.
Limes are full of Vitamin C and A. They have less sugar than oranges. Limes can rejuvenate skin and help with the absorption of iron. They aid with digestion and boost the immune system. Limes have a bright flavor and are typically sweeter than lemons.
Lemons have the least amount of sugar of citrus fruits. Lemons are full of electrolytes and Vitamin C. They can cleanse the liver and thyroid and promote healing in the body. Lemons can be tart and sour and very refreshing.
Blood Oranges are full of anthocyanins, an antioxidant that gives blood oranges their distinctive dark red colored fruit. The antioxidants in blood oranges can help lower the risks of some diseases. They are full of vitamins C and A. Blood oranges have a tart, orange flavor and can have a hint of grapefruit flavor.
Navel Oranges have loads of vitamin C; just one orange can have as much as 100% of your daily value. They are also a good source of potassium, can reduce the risk of heart disease, and can repair the body’s tissue. Navel orange are typically sweet, juicy, bright, and have that iconic “orange” flavor.
Cara Cara Oranges are a type of navel orange. They can have 20% more vitamin C than regular navel oranges. Cara Cara Oranges are refreshing and juicy with a bit more of a complex flavor than navel oranges. I find that they can be sweet, tart, and sometimes floral.
When buying citrus, pick citrus that feels heavy for its size; this will help you select citrus that is juicy and not dried out.