They’re one of most popular ingredients for crushing colds: winter citrus.
And it’s not hard to see why. Citrus fruits are packed with vitamin C, which helps keep your immune system strong. What’s more, those juicy oranges, lemons and mandarins contain powerful antioxidants that protect your brain and improve your heart health by lowering your blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
Of course you can make fresh orange juice of add a slice of lemon to your cup of tea to get these health benefits. But if you don’t want to throw away those treasured fibers or consume too much fructose, it’s best to enjoy winter citrus as a whole fruit. You could star citrus fruits in porridges and sweets, put slices in salads or add a zesty element to your sheet pan dinner.
Before you go all-in on winter citrus, it’s important to know that grapefruit interacts with common medications like cholesterol-lowering drugs, blood thinners, pain medication, certain antidepressants and antiviral drugs. So if you’re taking prescribed meds, please check with your doctor or pharmacist if it’s ok for you to consume grapefruit.
With that crucial note in mind, bring a burst of brightness to dark days with these 14 winter citrus recipes!
Immune-Boosting Winter Citrus Smoothie by Half Baked Harvest
Passionfruit Porridge with Coconut and Orange by Two Spoons
Winter Citrus Parfait Bar by Foxes Love Lemons
Winter Citrus Toast with Egg, Ricotta and Shaved Fennel by Christiann Koepke
Avocado Grapefruit Salad by Fillmore Kitchen
Mandarin Orange Salad with a Citrus Dressing by Chelsea’s Messy Apron
Simple Moroccan Salmon by Feasting At Home
Roast Chicken with Blood Orange and Olives by The View From Great Island
Seared Scallops with Citrus Salsa by Kitchen Confidante
Clementine Roast Chicken with Fennel and Honey by Pardon Your French
Lemon Pasta with Ricotta and Fresh Peas by The Food Charlatan
Winter Citrus Salad with Walnuts, Dates and Rose by The Bojon Gourmet
Epic New Years Raw Citrus Cake by Earth Sprout
Chocolate Chia Pudding with Orange Purée by Healthy Little Cravings
How do you enjoy your favorite winter citrus?
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