Dehydrating Citrus: Lemons Limes Oranges

Lemons Limes Oranges = Citrus!

Are you ready to get started dehydrating citrus? I bet they're probably not on the top of your dehydrating 'to do' list!

Grab your cutting board and a really sharp knife.

Ideal for Recipe Flavoring

I love this knife that Trisha Yearwood came out with. It hasn't got the orange grip (which is good, IMHO), because mine started oozing. Ugh, so I got Trisha's knife to replace it (see below). Glad I did!

This Knife Makes Chopping & Slicing Easy!


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Citrus—Nothing to Pucker-Up About!

Sliced Oranges on Nesco Dehydrator

Dehydrating Citrus is So Easy!

Citrus is probably one of the easiest fruits to dehydrate. Sadly, not one of the most edible slices of fruit when dried, in my humble opinion!

Read on to see how easy it is to dehydrate citrus in recipes!





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Citrus Nutrition Info.

lemons limes oranges

Limes are very often used in drinks and for the famous Key Lime Pie dessert! Limes contain good amounts of Vitamins A and C and contain Folate and Choline too.

Lemons have a high vitamin C content along with vitamin A, and in the mineral department they are high in Potassium and Calcium and also contain decent amounts of Magnesium and Phosphorus. In the mineral department, Potassium, Calcium and Phosphorus are the leaders.

Oranges are loaded with vitamin C, plentiful vitamin A, and Folate. In the mineral department, oranges score well in Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, and Potassium.

All three citrus lemons limes oranges contain Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids.







Lightweight And Brittle When Dehydrated

Dehydrated Oranges

Very Handy For
Flavoring Baking!

When fully dehydrated, the dried oranges shown in the bowl were so lightweight!

They make a really neat tinkling sound when tossed.

Let's not forget that these dehydrated citrus rinds can be great ground up to be used for flavorings and for baking!

If you remove the dehydrated rind and white pith, the dehydrated fruit centers make a tasty snack. The pith is the bitter tasting part of citrus.

Dehydrating Citrus is Easy!

  1. Wash the skins of your citrus fruits
  2. Slice the citrus into 3/8" thick slices and arrange on your food dehydrator trays
  3. Turn on your food dehydrator and set the temperature between 125°F and 135°F (or per your food dehydrator's instructions). Drying time: between 2-12 hours.
  • Citrus is brittle when dried fully.
  • Please remember to rotate your dehydrator trays for even drying.

Vacuum-Seal and Protect
Your Dehydrated Oranges

Vacuum-Sealed Dehydrated Oranges

This is what dehydrated oranges look like after they've been vacuum-sealed and wrapped in plastic wrap – ready to be stored away for long term storage.

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Lemons - Before and After Dehydrating :-)

Lemons before and after dehydrating

The Scent of Orange Blossom: Love It, or Hate It?

Living in central Florida, we're lucky enough to have a few orange trees in our front yard.

But across the street are vast orange groves, and boy oh boy, can you ever smell the orange blossom scent when they're in full bloom!

To me, the orange blossom scent is one you either love or hate! I'll leave you guessing which side of the citrus fence I'm on! :-)

If you want to know more about growing citrus in Florida, please visit Gardening Solutions/University of Florida.

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Top Orange Producing Areas are:

Oranges are a type of citrus fruit that is grown in warm climates all over the world. The three biggest orange producing countries are Brazil, the United States, and China.

Oranges are typically harvested from October to March. This can vary depending on the climate and the specific variety of orange.

What is the Best Way to Plant Orange Trees?

Orange trees are best planted in areas that receive full sun and have well-draining soil. The trees should be spaced about 8-10 feet apart.

When planting orange trees, it’s important to plant them at the same depth they were growing in the nursery. This will help the roots establish themselves quickly.

What is the Best Fertilizer for Orange Trees?

Orange trees need to be fertilized regularly to produce healthy fruit. A good fertilizer for orange trees is one that is high in nitrogen and potassium.

Apply fertilizer to the soil around the tree three times per year: once in the spring, once in the summer, and once in the fall.

Orange trees typically take 3-5 years to produce fruit. This can vary depending on the climate and the specific variety of orange tree.




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Where Are Lemons and Limes Grown?

Lemons and limes are a type of citrus fruit that is grown in warm climates all over the world. The three biggest lemon and lime producing countries are Brazil, the United States, and Mexico.

Lemons and limes are typically harvested from October to March. This can vary depending on the climate and the specific variety of lemon or lime.

What is the Best Way to Plant Lemon and Lime Trees?

Lemon and lime trees are best planted in areas that receive full sun and have well-draining soil. The trees should be spaced about 8-10 feet apart.

When planting lemon and lime trees, it’s important to plant them at the same depth they were growing in the nursery. This will help the roots establish themselves quickly.

What is the Best Fertilizer for Lemon and Lime Trees?

Lemon and lime trees need to be fertilized regularly to produce healthy fruit. A good fertilizer for lemon and lime trees is one that is high in nitrogen and potassium.

Apply fertilizer to the soil around the tree three times per year: once in the spring, once in the summer, and once in the fall.

Lemon and lime trees typically take 3-5 years to produce fruit. This can vary depending on the climate and the specific variety of lemon or lime tree.

So when you've got left-over fruit, you need to get busy dehydrating citrus! It's easy!

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