Citrus fruits were once a sign of great luxury and wealth. Now they’re available in stores year-round, you can say that they’re close at hand. The availability of oranges, lemons and mandarins makes them very often appear on our tables in different ways. So you should take care to purchased fruit which is of the highest quality.
How do you do that? How not to be fooled by appearance? Just follow the following general principles.
On the following pages you’ll learn how to pick lemons and tangerines.
- Shiny fruits are not any better than those dull ones. The shine indicates that the fruit was covered with a large layer of wax so it doesn’t spoiled.
- If you see on the grid that the fruits were preserved with Enilconazole then you’re better off not buying them. This substance is toxic and causes cancer.
- As a result, the toxins and waxes, which cover citrus fruit, should be thoroughly washed before peeling with a brush in warm water.
- Don’t buy moldy fruit, it means that the fungus is also in the fruit, which can get into the body and poison it.
Oranges can be eaten every day, they’re a rich source of vitamins A and C and potassium, magnesium, zinc and fiber. Most of can be eaten whole or in the form of fresh juice.
To choose a good orange, pay attention to several factors. Firstly, the skin should not be thick, because it’s not a juicy fruit, but it can’t be too thin, this means that it’s an industrial orange.
Weight is also important – heavy oranges are juicy, light – dry and tasteless.
Seedless oranges are very distinctive because they have a “navel” or undeveloped second fruit that has absorbed the pits. These are the ones you should pick as best to eat.