Citrus fruits not only are packed with healthful benefits, but they also make great natural cleansers and astringents. The fragrant scent instantly rejuvenates and revives, while the natural acidity found in citrus fruit gently buffs the skin.
Citrus fruits are noted for their fragrance and sharp flavor, and are a good source of vitamin C, flavonoids and folate—essential for cell growth and development. The fruits commonly are eaten fresh or juiced. The flowering plants are members of the Rutaceae family and originated in tropical Asia. Fruits considered citrus include oranges, tangerines, grapefruits, lemons and limes.
In the kitchen
The distinct tart taste of citrus complements a variety of dishes, from salads to entrees, desserts and appetizers. Lemon and lime make popular garnishes and often are included in salad dressings. Danesfield House Hotel and Spa in Buckinghamshire, England, serves Roasted Scallops, Braised Rhubarb and Orange. Sample some Lemon and Cottage Cheese Pancakes, which highlight the juice and zest of lemons, at Coolfont ReCreation Resort, ConferenceCenter & Health Spa in BerkeleySprings, West Virginia. Looking for aspecial treat during the warm summermonths? A piece of cool Key Lime Piefrom Lake Austin Spa Resort in Austin,Texas, is a light treat for the summer. Orreach for an Orange Pekoe Tea Popsicleat Seattle’s The Fairmont Olympic Hotel. See also the recipe Signature Citrus Smoothie, courtesy of The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes in Orlando, Florida.