Gung hay fat choy! In a couple of days it will be Chinese New Year and the year of the fire rooster. (I’m an earth rooster!)
Food figures prominently in any holiday and with Chinese New Year oranges, tangerines and pomeloes are considered auspicious, both in the way they sound when pronounced in the Chinese language and in the symbolic shape and colour which denotes wealth.
In general, citrus fruit is also considered auspicious for health and well-being. See the following links for the health benefits of oranges.
Sweet and savoury foods are injected with brightness when citrus peel and juice are added to the dish.
Moroccan root vegetable tagine with orange juice; preserved lemons popular in Middle Eastern cuisine; Italian limoncello; British (presumably) lemon curd; lemon with fish; orange Julius beverage; fennel and orange salad; crêpes Suzette; cranberry orange muffins
To obtain optimum nutritional content, citrus fruits are best eaten fresh and raw.
In aromatherapy, citrus fruit is sometimes called “sunshine in a bottle.” It has an uplifting effect on mood and I use it in my SAD blend.
SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder): a mixture of essential oils of geranium, frankincense, lemon, lime, orange, neroli, tangerine, mandarin, grapefruit and bergamot (a type of citrus fruit)
Besides affecting mood and anxiety, essential citrus oils are also used in skin care, for infections and in household cleaning. For more discussion about citrus oils in aromatherapy, see the following links: