LEMONS, GRAPES, MANDARINS ... THE FAMILY GROWS!
It is time to talk about the color yellow, the Spanish citrus sector is not only fed by oranges! In fact, Spain is also, with no less than nine million lemon trees, the main exporter of this fresh fruit to Eu-rope, as well as the second in the world when it comes to processing.
And as with the rest of citrus fruits, their benefits are infinite: in addition to vitamin C, they are also an important source of folic acid, fiber and antioxidants. In fact, they say that there is nothing healthier than drinking a glass of lemon water as soon as you wake up. Of course, it is also the essential addi-tion to marinate foods or enhance the flavor of meat or fish. Its unique touch transforms a plate in two seconds!
Most of the Spanish lemons are grown in Murcia, although in Seville and Alicante the production is also large: between the three cities they account for more than 94% of the entire national product.
But the collection of these tasty fruits continues: in Spain there is room for much more. For example, mandarins, which are much meatier and more delicious, account for 38% of the citrus fruits that are produced in the country and are grown, above all, in Valencia. Also clementines, which differ from the former in their greater sweetness and in that the thinner skin is more detached from the seg-ments. Those that grow in the Ebro Lands, so delicate that they must be pruned with scissors, have IGP and a high content of phosphorus and potassium.
Finally, and although it barely accounts for 1% of citrus production in Spain, we cannot forget grapefruit! Much more bitter than the rest, that does not prevent its attributes from being the healthiest: there will be no better immune system than one who has freshly squeezed grapefruit juice for break-fast every morning. Also, be very careful, because it is great for preventing cholesterol, for the skin ... and it has hardly any calories!
A good tip? It is ideal adding it in small pieces to salads, but also making sauces that accompany fish and shellfish. And as a unique dessert, oranges are exquisite cut into slices and seasoned with a drizzle of EVOO. Try it and you will thank us!