Cyprus, Nicosia

Citrus season in NC

Updated: 2 months ago

At the end of autumn/beginning of winter, a citrus harvest is collected in Northern Cyprus. This includes oranges, mandarins, lemons, grapefruits, pomelos, and kumquats.

Fresh fruit is at its cheapest during this time of year. For example, 1 kilogram of farm-grown mandarins costs only 15 liras.

Needless to say, one orange contains your daily necessary dose of vitamin C. If you live on the island permanently, you can take advantage of the citrus season and boost your immune system.

Here are some tips and recipes for healthy dishes and drinks from fresh citrus fruits.

Kumquat - best consumed fresh. In Chinese mandarins, there is even more vitamin C than in oranges and lemons. Also, kumquats are good for making sugar-free candied fruits.

The most beneficial recipe is a citrus salad made of orange, grapefruit, and lemon. Dietitians advise slicing an orange and grapefruit, sprinkling with lemon juice, adding honey to taste, and a few walnuts. Combined with mint tea and orange juice, such a salad is a full-fledged citrus diet. Dietitians promise a loss of 3-4 kilograms in three days on a citrus salad diet. Plus, you'll enrich your body with vitamins C, E, and B.

Oranges and kumquats pair well with baked meat, while lemon pairs well with fish.

Dietitians recommend mixing citrus juices, for example, orange with lemon or orange with grapefruit. Pure lemon juice helps with hangovers and general headaches. Meanwhile, grapefruit juice has a strong fat-burning effect.

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