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The properties of a truly healthy citrus fruit

In terms of botany and history, cedar is a highly significant fruit. In fact, it can be defined as the father of all citrus fruits. Lemons, oranges, mandarins, and many others all come from cedar. Cedar is the root of several fruits, including mandarins, oranges, and lemons. The fruit has a thick, extremely tough skin and is about medium in size. It grows from an evergreen tree with broad leaves that can reach up to eight metres in height. Cedar is known for having a high nutritional content, despite having an estimated 25% pulp content.

Like all citrus fruits, it is an incredible source of vitamin C. In fact, its vitamin C content is even higher than that of oranges. Additionally, it has a lot of flavonoids, including hesperidin. Cedar is, therefore, a fruit that is very high in antioxidants. Furthermore, cedar works as a disinfectant in addition to stimulating digestion.

The different varieties of cedar

The cedar fruit is uniform in general, even though it has been known for several millennia. There aren’t many types, and the ones that exist aren’t all that different from one another. There aren’t many variations in terms of shape. Anyway, this is a summary of the major cedar varieties.

  • Classic: It is the variety that responds to the cedar stereotype. Elongated fruit, rough and thick skin, medium-juicy pulp.
  • Jewish: It is comparable to traditional cedar, with the exception of its slightly larger size.
  • Vozza: This variety is typical of Sicily. It is characterised by being decidedly juicier than the average pulp.
  • Hand of Buddha. It is a very unique variety; due to a genetic anomaly, its shape resembles that of a hand.

What are the benefits of eating cedar?

Cedar is one of the oldest citrus fruits of all; however, it has nothing to envy about the more sophisticated lemons and oranges, at least from a nutritional point of view. Consuming it regularly means accessing a whole series of benefits.

To begin with, it is a panacea for the immune system, given the abundance of vitamin C. Therefore, people who complain of iron deficiency benefit from citron. Again, vitamin C plays a key role in facilitating the absorption of this mineral. Lastly, vitamin C possesses anti-ageing and anti-tumour properties in addition to its antioxidant properties.

Because of its astringent and cleansing properties, cedar is also advantageous to the liver and kidneys. It is also beneficial to the urinary system, especially if you have cystitis, unlike other citrus fruits. And lastly, it has some drainage ability, which is very helpful for people with water retention.

What is the difference between cedar and lemon?

Cedar is frequently confused with lemon. In fact, they have some characteristics in common, such as the colour (which in both cases turns intense yellow) and the consistency of the pulp, which is soft and basically fibrous. In reality, there are important differences between the two citrus fruits.

One of these concerns the appearance: the lemon is quite smooth and only slightly “pricked.” Cedar, on the other hand, has an extremely lumpy skin, which also affects its elongated and irregular shape.

The flavour of this citrus fruit is sour and vaguely reminiscent of lemon, although it has some hints of orange and grapefruit. As far as uses are concerned, cedar is not suitable for raw consumption but can be used to make juices.

Here are some recipes with cedar

Smoothies and drinks made with cedar combined with other ingredients are essential for anyone looking to stay in shape while also enjoying a delicious beverage. However, cedar expresses a certain versatility even in slightly more complex recipes. Here are a few illustrations.

Cedar liqueur. The process is substantially identical to that of limoncello; therefore, the peels of the fruit are used and not the pulp. It can be added to extremely fruity cocktails or used as a digestive.

Risotto with cedar and pistachios. It is among the most refined risottos you will ever eat, as it is based on some interesting combinations. The savoury flavour of the pistachios interacts effectively with the bitter and pleasant flavour of the cedar peel, which is grated once the risotto is ready and creamed.

Cedar chicken. It is a gourmet second dish that possesses the ability to convey a delicate yet tart flavour profile. The citron comes into play twice: first at the start, when its peel forms part of the marinade for the chicken, and again when it’s cooking and its pulp is sliced and added to the pan to spice the meat.

Cedar jam. It is a unique jam that stands out for its soft consistency and for its texture, which is on average more regular than other jams. In this case, the citron is not cooked with sugar but with syrup.

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