Just when winter colds creep up on us, delicious sniffle-fighting citrus fruit comes into season. Citrus fruit is high in many nutrients including vitamin C, which helps fight infection and inflammation, and keeps your skin looking healthy. Vitamin C also helps you absorb iron from your food.

Citrus fruit is also high in other important nutrients that help keep you healthy too, such as folate, potassium, beta-carotene and fiber.

There are many different fruits in the citrus family, each with a unique size, color, and flavor.  Some popular ones include:

  • Mandarins – a mini orange with loose skin
  • Clementines – seedless mandarins
  • Tangerines – a mandarin with a slightly reddish color and unique taste
  • Tangelos – a cross between a tangerine, a grapefruit, and an orange

The citrus family also includes various oranges such as:

  • Blood oranges with a deep red flesh
  • Cara Cara oranges with a pinkish flesh
  • Navel oranges that can sometimes have a smaller orange growing inside of them.

Of course, there are also lemons, limes, grapefruits and kumquats too!

So make it a point to get out and try a variety of citrus fruit this month, and once you find a few that you like, use them to make this healthy fruit salad recipe , my delicious citrus and mint salad.

Simple Citrus and Mint Salad
Author: Jennifer M Wood, MS, RDN
  • 2 cups bite-sized citrus fruit chunks*
  • ½ finely chopped fresh mint, or to taste
  • 1 Tbsp. sugar
  • Turbinado sugar, for topping
  1. In a medium bowl, mix all ingredients thoroughly. Refrigerate for an hour to marry flavors. Serve chilled with a sprinkling of turbinado sugar on top.
  2. *choose a variety of flavors and colors such as navel, blood and cara cara oranges mixed with grapefruit, tangerines or clementine.

Serve this in a pretty dish, and there you have it, A Nutritious Dish…in a Matter of Minutes!