I learned a few tricks during my raw food journey when shopping for citrus that I’d like to share with you.

It is always frustrating to buy fruit that isn’t juicy or sweet.

I’ll keep this article short on purpose, so you can focus on the important things.

The prime citrus season in the northern hemisphere is November through March (always the cooler months).

Citrus fruits (oranges, grapefruits, lemons, etc.) should feel heavy for their size; this is a sign of juice. The smooth, thinner-skinned ones are the juiciest.

The colour of oranges is not a good indicator of quality; some oranges are dyed and some fully ripened oranges, such as the Valencia, may regreen.

Brown surface patches do not mean the orange is unripe or spoiled, but rather that it was grown in a very warm and usually humid region.

Tangerines should feel just a bit loose in their skins but not pulpy around the ends.

Grapefruits are sometimes sun speckled, a sign of extra sweetness.

Smell the pomelos; it should have a faint, sweet fragrance at room temperature.

Keep these tips in mind next time you go shopping!

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Ariel Belloso

Ariel Belloso is an author and blogger who transformed his health using the power of raw food. The former DJ and music producer’s life changed in 2001 when his mother was diagnosed with leukaemia. Already a keen student of nutrition, Ariel calculated that eating the correct raw diet could help his mother overcome her cancer. This became his motivation to learn more about natural health and the raw food lifestyle. Following her son's advice, not only did Ariel’s mother beat her cancer, she recently celebrated her 81st birthday! Using the knowledge gained from his years of ongoing study into natural health, Ariel has also managed to overcome some serious issues himself, as well as helping many others to regain their health and improve their quality of life. Ariel has written 4 books on the subject of natural health, nutrition and fitness.

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