Most citrus trees are evergreens -- in the right climate, of course. All Citrus Fruit grows in warm climates. Most citrus varieties are actually cultivars, propagated by grafting.
Citrus are acidic fruit with a thick rind. Inside they have pulpy flesh divided into sections. Some are sweet, some are very sour.
The fruit is valued above all other fruits for their juices. The juices have both health benefits, being rich in Vitamin C, and cooking benefits: the acidity of the juices makes other ingredients taste fresher. The peel of Citrus Fruit is very high in pectin, and is used as a source of commercial pectin. The peel can also be used in candied fruit mixtures.
The Egyptians did not have Citrus Fruits until after the Roman conquest, when the Romans introduced them. An early form of oranges is depicted on Constantine's mausoleum. Citrus fruits disappeared from most of Europe after the fall of Rome, until reintroduced by the Arabs in Spain in 900 AD. According to local beliefs, however, some citrus remained in pockets of Southern Italy.
Citron was the first Citrus Fruit.
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