Citrus fruits complete the portfolio of basic ingredients for juices and drinks - and they are part of the basic equipment of every kitchen. What flavors rock with citrus fruits now - and why the sparkling fruit has a great future right now.
Citrus smell of summer and refresh any drink with its sparkling aroma. Whether orange, blood orange, lemon, lime, grapefruit, satsuma, tangerine or yuzu - every strain of the citrus family also scores with its own touch, from sour and bitter to fruity-sweet.
Citruses are also popular because of their high vitamin C content: Vitamin C not only strengthens the body's defenses, but is also considered to be an important antioxidant, which often plays a major role in anti-aging products. It is added, among other facial creams and beauty serums and also supports the body in the regular intake through the diet while slowing aging processes. So citrus fruits have the potential to make a big impact on beverages that are supposed to improve health and beauty as the main actor!
Although lemon juice in itself tastes sour, it has a basic effect on the body - just like the other citrus fruits. It helps to restore the balance of acid and bases in the organism. It is not for nothing that more and more health-conscious people swear by a glass of lukewarm lemon water on an empty stomach in the morning: it promotes digestion, initiates detoxification processes, strengthens the body's defenses and makes you feel fresh and lively - ideally before the first cup of coffee. And: What would a comprehensive breakfast be without a cold glass of orange juice? Those who particularly want to support the metabolism and stimulate the burning of fat, instead also like to use the bitter-sweet grapefruit juice.
Citrus fruits are at home in bars and kitchens around the world. They refine countless dishes, give different foods their sparkling taste and are indispensable on the list of ingredients of various cocktails and other mixed drinks.
Citrus fruits fascinate in their taste and their variety: Also within their individual variety groups there are numerous variants: For example, more than 400 different varieties of oranges and about 20 relevant grapefruit cultivars grow on the trees worldwide, which can be distinguished among other things by the color of their pulp.
Today, citrus fruits are grown and harvested in many parts of the world - oranges, lemons and grapefruits, for example in Spain, oranges as well in Brazil. However, oranges originate in China and the country of origin of the lemons is India.
Lemons, oranges and Co. are cultivated in plantations and thrive best in southern slopes. These offer protection against wind and cold and make the best use of sunlight and heat. They bloom in spring and the fruits themselves are ripe after about nine months.
The harvest periods for the lemons start in October and end in January, while the orange are in focus in their season between September and January and in Brazil also from January to June. For oranges, as with all other citrus fruits, the right harvest time is important as they do not mature afterwards. Oranges are mainly harvested from the trees by means of vibrating machines. The oranges are then collected in drip trays. Basically, the fruits of older trees convince with a higher quality.
Citrus fruits offer an almost infinite variety of flavor combinations in the kitchen and in the preparation of drinks. The following mixtures harmonize very well:
• Blood Orange
This fits: chocolate, cinnamon, almonds, cardamom, honey, cloves, figs, ginger, other citrus fruits
It goes well with: almond, basil, pineapple, vanilla, various berries, cherry, coriander, cinnamon, coffee, chocolate, cranberry, fig, ginger, grape, hazelnut, mint, nutmeg
It goes well with: caramel, vanilla, other citrus fruits, basil, black pepper, mint, rosemary, thyme, various tropical fruits
Chocolate, cinnamon, coffee, vanilla, star anise, cardamom, cherry, fig, ginger, nutmeg, tropical fruits
In the future, continue to rely on the classic ways of using citrus fruits - and discover the new ones!
Citrus juices are an essential ingredient in every kitchen and every bar. They can also play a significant role in the emergence of functional and beauty drinks because of their high vitamin C content. AUSTRIA JUICE now offers not only the classic assortment but also citrus fruits of the highest quality at market prices.
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