Citrus fruits are known to be rich sources of vitamins. Even long people scientists started tracking nutrients, the benefits of this juicy produce were celebrated. Sailors in the 1800s carried barrels of lemon or lime juice to prevent scurvy on long voyages, and many Asian cultures used citrus in traditional medicine. We now know that citrus fruits are packed with nutrients and bioactive compounds.
Between 144 and 150 citrus varieties, or cultivars, are grown around the world. Producers grow approximately 108 million tons of citrus fruit annually, ranging in flavors, with colors from pale yellow to brilliant reds, oranges, and greens. Most citrus fruits have similar nutrient profiles, although concentrations of specific nutrients vary.
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