Citrus Fruits & The Environment
Florida Citrus Groves are very friendly to the Environment ~
Florida Citrus Growers are good neighbors and good stewards of the land. They are keenly aware that they must carefully balance the needs of the environment and the needs of citrus growing. This delicate balance starts in the basic design of the groves, and then to the use of the latest technology and the most progressive management practices. All these factors enable Florida Citrus Growers to be sustainable. Growers carefully manage the water resources through state-of-the-art low volume computerized irrigation systems, spraying water directly to the root zone.
Citrus Groves also help our water supply in other ways. Consider what happens when it rains on a grove — the water seeps down into the ground, which recharges the aquifer. In addition, on-site water retention areas, in the flatwood groves, hold excess stormwater and reduce nutrient runoff, another way that water quality is enhanced. Modern grove design leaves large tracts of land undeveloped. These areas provide excellent wildlife habitat, as well as a natural buffer, between farm lands and urban development. A recent University of Florida study reported more than 159 native species of wildlife were observed within grove eco-systems. The Florida Panther Habitat Protection plan indicates that over half the endangered panthers are utilizing privately owned property.
Another positive impact that citrus groves have on the environment is the amount of carbon dioxide that citrus trees take in and oxygen that they return to the air. A University of Florida study found that for every acre of mature citrus trees, 16.7 tons of oxygen are produced per year, from 23.3 tons of carbon dioxide. Multiply that by 860,000 acres of citrus trees, you can see that the citrus industry makes a major contribution to our air quality.
Citrus Fruits & Your Health ~
The health benefits of lemon are attributed to its vitamin C content that helps improve the skin quality, encourages weight loss, improves digestion, and acts as a breath freshener. Lemons also help with the treatment of constipation, dental problems, throat infections, fever, burns, respiratory disorders, and high blood pressure, while also benefiting your hair. Known for its therapeutic property through the generations, lemon also helps to strengthen your immune system.
Lemon juice, especially, has several health benefits associated with it. Even more, as a refreshing drink, lemonade helps you stay calm and cool. Lemon is a fruit that contains flavonoids, which are composites that have antioxidant and cancer-fighting properties.
|Serving Size : 1 Fruit – 2 1/8″ in diameter (58G)|
|Total lipid (fat) [g]||0.17|
|Carbohydrate, by difference [g]||5.41|
|Fiber, total dietary [g]||1.62|
|Sugars, total [g]||1.45|
|Calcium, Ca [mg]||15.08|
|Iron, Fe [mg]||0.35|
|Magnesium, Mg [mg]||4.64|
|Phosphorus, P [mg]||9.28|
|Potassium, K [mg]||80.04|
|Sodium, Na [mg]||1.16|
|Zinc, Zn [mg]||0.03|
|Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid [mg]||30.74|
|Vitamin B-6 [mg]||0.05|
|Folate, DFE [µg]||6.38|
|Vitamin B-12 [µg]||0.00|
|Vitamin A, RAE [µg]||0.58|
|Vitamin A, IU [IU]||12.76|
|Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) [mg]||0.09|
|Vitamin D (D2 + D3) [µg]||0.00|
|Vitamin D [IU]||0.00|
|Vitamin K (phylloquinone) [µg]||0.00|
|Fatty acids, total saturated [g]||0.02|
|Fatty acids, total monounsaturated [g]||0.01|
|Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated [g]||0.05|
Citrus Family Tree ~ Daniel Stone National Geographic
Citrus in many ways, stands alone. So many cultivated species have come from so few primary ancestors. Just three, in fact: citrons, pomelos, and mandarins, all native to South and East Asia before they started their journeys west, to places like Florida, California, and Brazil that built entire economies around fruits from the other side of the world.