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About citrus

Citrus plants are native to the tropical and subtropical regions of Southeast Asia, and it's believed they began on land bordered by India and Myanmar. It's said that Christopher Columbus brought citrus during his second voyage to North America. Today, citrus fruits are grown in subtropical and tropical climates and consumed all across the globe.

Citrus fruits are characterized by their distinctive fruit called the hesperidium, an internal berry with fleshy parts you can divide into segments. These segments range between 10 to 16 and are surrounded by separable skin. Picture slicing an orange or grapefruit right down the middle and seeing the segments. The fruit comes from flowers on a citrus plant, and although a plant could have as many as 60,000 flowers, it might only have 1% of those flowers turn into fruit.

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FAQs About Citrus

All types of citrus have seeds, although certain varieties are deemed seedless. Officially, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a fruit can have up to six seeds and still be considered a seedless variety. That means most citrus fruit listed as seedless actually might contain a small number of seeds. However, this small amount is far fewer than the number of seeds found in a seeded variety. Just about every type of citrus fruit has seedless varieties.

You've probably seen stunning colorful displays of citrus in bowls on counters or kitchen tables. Keeping a beautiful bowl of citrus fruit at room temperature is perfectly fine as long as the fruit is whole. However, keeping the fruit at room temperature will speed up the ripening process. Fruit left out will last about one week.

You can always keep the fruit in the refrigerator if you're worried about the fruit ripening too quickly. Store the fruit in the crisper drawer in your refrigerator and not in any plastic bags since the bags can promote mold growth. Avoid placing them on open refrigerator shelves as they will be constantly exposed to air. The fruit will last a few weeks in the refrigerator.

Once you cut fruit, make sure you refrigerate any leftovers because the fruit becomes extremely perishable. Cut fruit will last one week in the refrigerator.

You cannot freeze whole fruit. The extreme cold doesn't work well when it comes to citrus. You can, however, freeze individual components, including the zest and juice. You can add the zest or juice to ice cube trays to freeze for individual servings. Once it's frozen, transfer it to an airtight container and place it in the freezer. It's best to use the frozen fruit zest or juice within one year.
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