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A Tangy Twist

June 2006 issue of Skin Inc. magazine

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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.

Facts

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.

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Quick Facts: Citrus

• The fruit, or hesperidium, is a specialized berry with a leathery rind and pulp vesicles.

• It is believed that adding citrus to your diet can help prevent disease, build immunity and supply a healthy dose of important nutrients, such as vitamin C, fiber, folate, lycopene, potassium, vitamin B-6, phytonutrients, magnesium, flavonoids, thiamin and niacin.

• Orange is derived from the Spanish word naranja andeventually was adopted into“an orange.”

• The white flowers produced by orange trees symbolize fruitfulness and were used in fertility rituals and weddings dating back to the Crusades.

• Orange blossom honey is made from bees that cultivate the nectar from orange blossoms.

Signature Citrus Smoothie

From The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes in Orlando, Florida

Makes 16 ounces

1/2 cup orange juice

1/4 cup orange marmalade

1 cup plain yogurt

1 cup ice

1 teaspoon orange blossom water

1/2 tablespoon orange blossom honey

1 cup lemon sorbet

slices of orange

mint sprigs

Blend all ingredients together for a cool, healthfuland delicious treat. Serve in a glass, and garnish witha slice of orange and a mint sprig.

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