Citrus Fruits (Ructaceae)


Since ancient times, rutaceae plants are commonly used in our everyday lives. Taiwan's subtropical climate of favorable temperature, humidity, and abundant sunshine compliments the cultivation of rutaceae plants including citrus, orange grapefruit, lemon, and other citric varieties. This coupled with the proficient cultivation techniques of Taiwanese farmers are the reason why our citrus fruits are renowned for its delectable taste, high quality, and selection of varieties.

The Taiwanese government has also assisted in the establishment of state-of-the-art orchards through the introduction of a safety management system, the strict controlling of production process, and controlled pesticide residue testing before harvest to ensure that our exported citrus fruits meet international safety and health standards. 

Taiwan has cultivated citrus for more than 200 years. Our citrus are internationally advantageous due to its relatively lower price on the international market, large supply due to Taiwan's favorable plantation lands, and consistent taste in sweetness and juiciness with a moderate sugar-acid ratio. Our citrus is exported to Japan, Hong Kong, Canada, and other countries and remain one of the most popular items with new customers. 
Citrus is rich in fiber, vitamin B & C, calcium, magnesium, zinc and other nutrients. In addition to fresh fruits, it can also be made into juice and jam. In fact, one orange can supply an ordinary person's daily demand for vitamin C. It is one of the 30 anti-cancer fruits and vegetables recognized by the American Cancer Society. 

Sweet oranges are now the world's most produced fruit. As there are a wide range of citrus varieties, Taiwan is one of the countries that produce the most amount of oranges in the world. Oranges contain high sugar content, low acidity, taste sweet and juicy, and is suitable to be eaten fresh and squeezed into juice. Sweet oranges also contain high nutritional value, especially being rich in vitamins A, B, and C, and possesses the ability to promote digestion. It is an indispensable natural food for health and beauty. 

Pomelos are native to Asia and is one of the tropical fruits that Western countries have a lesser chance to taste. In the southern central part of Taiwan, the climate is suitable for pomelo cultivation, and after constant improvements to the different varieties of pomelos, they have now grown to be magnificently ripe and delicious. There remains a variety of Pomelos such as: Madou Wendan, white grapefruit, Xishi grapefruit, and fragrant grapefruit. Among them, Madou Wendan has a thinner layer of skin, a distinctive aroma, and a fruity taste, where it is sweet, juicy, and is low in calories. The quality and sweetness of Taiwanese pomelos is renowned globally for its uniqueness. Pomelos are rich in minerals, natural pectin, and contain an abundance of vitamin C. Some say it is very suitable for women who love beauty. Grapefruit is very durable and can be stored for more than 2 to 3 months at room temperature. The flesh is softer, sweeter, and more delicate.  

Taiwan's geographical environment is also suitable for grapefruit growth. In recent years, due to advances in cultivation technology, the acidity of grapefruit have been significantly reduced. Among them, red meat varieties contain more flesh, pulp, thin skins, fewer seeds. They taste soft and juicy, sweet and sour, and contain low amounts of calories, which explains why grapefruits are often used in weight loss recipes. This tender and delicious unique flavor is adored by the international market. 

Lemon is also a recognized fruit for well-being. It is not only high in vitamin C, but also rich in fiber. Drinking lemon juice can cleanse your skin and improve your physique. The lemon peel is thin and juicy, with a high content of essential oils for the epidermis. It has a unique and strong aroma and can prevent mosquitoes. Therefore, problems such as pests, diseases, and storage resistance are easily prevented. The main cultivated lemon variety in Taiwan is Eureka, which in addition to eating it raw, can also be processed to juice. This fruit is rich in acidity and vitamin C, A, B1, and is also regarded as a beauty product by women. 

Production Period 
Available all year round. The citrus season is from October to February of the following year: the grapefruit season is from August to October; the orange season is from November to February of the following year; the grapefruit season is from October to November; the lemon season is from July to September.