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15 Fresh Ways to Use Citrus (Slideshow)

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15 Fresh Ways to Use Citrus (Slideshow)


Facebook’s got a dubious facelift… the recession refuses to ebb. While the world goes bananas, why not soak your spirits in oranges and lemons?!

Ever since citrus fruit burst on the scene some 8000 years ago, our lives have enjoyed extra zest, more punch and a definite kick in the taste buds!

Rumored to have taken root in the region between the Tigris and the Euphrates rivers, the tangy family of oranges, lemons, tangerines and grapefruit comes loaded with almost every essential nutrient you can think of: Vitamins C, A and K, potassium, calcium, magnesium, zinc, phosphorus …er…you get the idea!

So what’s not to love?!

As 2012 takes wing, fall in love with ripe, sweet, sharp, piquant fruit. If you’ve got the zest, I’ve got just the right ideas to help you juice it to the max!

Add Zest

Before you cut and squeeze an orange or lemon, peel off their colored outer flesh in thin wide strips, or lightly grate it. This lovely greenish-yellow zest contains scented essential oils that will impart an incredible flavor to your cookies, cakes and salads.

Take care! Don’t slice too deep or grate too hard, or you’ll land up with bitter white pith.

Lemon zest + finely chopped parsley + garlic = sensational stew or soup. Sprinkle over minutes before serving.

Lemon zest + Olive oil + oregano = salad with a Greek zing

Orange zest + grated chocolate = cake with a tangy kick.

Orange zest + lemon zest + buttery breadcrumbs = tasty crust for fish or lamb

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Shubhra Krishan

Writer, editor and journalist Shubhra Krishan is the author of Essential Ayurveda: What it is and what it can do for you (New World Library, 2003), Radiant Body, Restful Mind: A Woman's book of comfort (New World Library, 2004), and The 9 to 5 Yogi: How to feel like a sage while working like a dog (Hay House India, 2011).


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4:41AM PDT on Apr 12, 2013

Great tips, thanks for sharing.

4:33AM PDT on Apr 12, 2013

Great ideas... thanx!!

11:11AM PDT on Mar 18, 2013

can't get enough lemons!

3:40PM PST on Feb 2, 2012

thank you

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3:48PM PST on Jan 11, 2012

Any citrus is a winner!

10:43PM PST on Jan 9, 2012

Thank you Shubhra.
Greats ideas!!

7:06PM PST on Jan 9, 2012

I'm more of a peel and eat or peel and freeze for smoothies, but this does make me wish I had more time for cooking in general.

1:33PM PST on Jan 9, 2012


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