Reference Number: 199
Citrus fruits have been a commercially important crop for thousands of years. In addition, Citrus essential oils are valuable in the perfume, food, and beverage industries, and have also enjoyed use as aromatherapy and medicinal agents. This review summarizes the important biological activities and safety considerations of the essential oils of sweet orange (Citrus sinensis), bitter orange (Citrus aurantium), neroli (Citrus aurantium), orange petitgrain (Citrus aurantium), mandarin (Citrus reticulata), lemon (Citrus limon), lime (Citrus aurantifolia), grapefruit (Citrus × paradisi), bergamot (Citrus bergamia), Yuzu (Citrus junos), and kumquat (Citrus japonica).
What does this mean for a Baker?
This is a very interesting study which summarises the health benefits of using essential oils of citrus fruits in our food. Whilst all of the oils tested in this study were found to have beneficial effects on health, they were found to be beneficial for different conditions. For example, sweet orange oil was found to be good for those with joint problems and cancers, while key lime oil was found have positive effects on cold and flu symptoms. Try adding some of these citrus oils to your sourdough bakes as it may help to improve your health.