In December, make sure you fill up your basket with the a wide variety of citrus fruits for a quick and healthy snack:
- Clementines – Clementines are sweet and juicy and usually seedless. Because they are easy to peel and break into segments, this small citrus fruit is the perfect snack to grab when you’re on the go.
- Navel Oranges – Navel oranges are seedless and tend to be larger than the average orange. On the blossom end of the fruit, you will find a navel-like circle which gives it it’s name. Because they do not have seeds, they are one of my favourite fruits to cut up and put into fruit salads.
- Blood Oranges – Blood oranges are sweet with a hint of raspberry flavour. Their skin is either orange-coloured or has a slight reddish blush. It is only when you cut into a blood orange that you see the beautiful hue of its flesh which can be anywhere from pink to red to dark maroon. The colour is due to an antioxidant called anthocyanin which develops as the fruit ripens. Their thick skin can be tricky to peel, so they are best eaten cut into wedges.
- Grapefruits – Grapefruits come in a variety of colours including white, yellow, pink and red. Try to opt for pink and red grapefruits which get their colour from an antioxidant called lycopene (not present in white or yellow varieties). Grapefruits have a very unique flavour which takes some getting used to. They are bitter and acidic with a hint of sweetness right at the end. If you like grapefruit, the best way to eat it is to simply cut it in half and eat the segments with a spoon. However, if you are not upto eating a grapefruit on its own, try tossing it into a fruit salad with other sweeter citrus fruits.
- Pomelos – Pomelos are the largest citrus fruit variety and have a very thick yellow or green skin. They are similar to grapefruits but taste milder and sweeter. For this reason, many people find pomelos more palatable than grapefruits.
- Lemons – Lemons are bitter and sharp and there is only a small percentage of the population who can happily suck on a slice without their faces puckering up. I always keep a lot of lemons on hand to squeeze on top of food and into drinking water.
- Limes – Limes are sweeter than lemons and have their own unique flavour. Again, there are not many people who would happily eat a whole lime on its own, but it’s delicious squeezed on top of food and into drinking water.
The above fruits are in season in December in the northern hemisphere. In the southern hemisphere, December seasonal fruits include blueberries, raspberries, papayas, peaches, grapes and watermelons.