Comparing Citrus

Citrus fruits and naturally fat-, sodium-, and cholesterol-free. They are one of the best sources of vitamin C. All parts of citrus can be used, pulp, juice, and zest. The acidity enhances and helps bring out other flavors in both sweet and savory dishes.

Orange

  • Good source of: fiber, potassium, vitamin C
  • Varieties: Valencia, navel, Cara Cara, blood
  • Pair with: chocolate

Kumquat

  • Native to: China
  • Good source of: fiber, vitamin C
  • Flavor: tart pulp, sweet skin
  • Uses: thicken sauces

Yuzu

  • Native to: East Asia
  • Flavor: sour
  • Uses: ceviches, key ingredient in Japanese ponzu sauce
  • Pair with: seafood, caramel, grapefruit, green tea

Lime

  • Good source of: vitamin C
  • Flavor: sour
  • Use: sour base for beverages, flavor enhancer for savory dishes
  • Common cuisine: Mexican, Thai, Vietnamese, Persian
  • Pairs with: strawberry, tropical fruits, seafood

Tangerine

  • Good source of: vitamin C
  • Flavor: sweet and sour
  • Use: savory or sweet dishes
  • Pairs with: dark chocolate

Tangelo

  • Good source of: fiber, vitamin C
  • Cross between: grapefruit and tangerine
  • Flavor: sweet
  • Best eaten: raw

Grapefruit

  • Good source of: fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C
  • Flavor: tart & slightly sweet
  • Use: jams and jellies because of the pectin
  • Pairs with: seafood, avocado

Lemon

  • Good source of: vitamin C
  • Flavor: sour
  • Use: balance savory or sweet dishes
  • Pairs with: berries, cream, honey, seafood, garlic

Citron 

  • Use: rind is candied and used in fruitcake and other sweets, pickled, or eaten raw with rice

Pummelo 

  • Good source of: folate, vitamin C
  • Flavor: sweet, mild
  • Pairs with: salad, poultry
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