Originating as a sour fruit growing wild in China, oranges made their way to Italy, Northern Africa, Spain, and Portugal before finding their way all the way down to New Zealand. New Zealand oranges are available from June through to November however we have them year-round due to imports from the USA. Oranges are a great source of vitamin C as well as other essential vitamins and minerals.
Fun fact – if oranges are left on the tree they may turn from orange back to green without affecting their flavour.
Grapefruit was originally bred in Barbados as a hybrid of the pomelo fruit with the sweet orange. It was first introduced to New Zealand in the mid 1800s from Australia. In New Zealand, grapefruit mature from May to January with different varieties that can be red, white or pink inside.
Mainly grown in Northland and Gisborne in New Zealand, mandarins in fact originated from China. New Zealand mandarins are available from May to September. At other times of the year, mandarins are imported. Satsuma mandarins are harvested from May to August and Kiyomi and Richards Special varieties are available until the end of September.
Fun fact – mandarins are crossed with grapefruit to produce tangelos.
A nutritional powerhouse, limes are rich in vitamin C, antioxidants, and many other nutrients. There are endless ways to use limes inside and outside your kitchen. They add flavour and zest to your meals and can even be used as a natural cleaning agent.
Like all citrus fruit, lemons are a great source of vitamin C. In New Zealand, lemons are mostly harvested between June and March however as we import lemons they are available all year round.
Fun fact – lemon juice prevents cut apples, pears and avocados from turning brown.
Tip: Roll your citrus before squeezing to get more juice out of them.
Store citrus fruit at room temperature.
Citrus fruit are a great addition to many dishes. Add the juice and zest to dressings and sauces, liven up your winter salads or simply eat on their own.
Most parts of citrus fruit can be eaten. They offer great flavour as well as essential nutrients the body needs in winter.