The gift of a citrus fruit basket is not only an expression of love and caring but also the expression of life. The history of citrus fruits goes back to ancient times when the fruits and flowers of citrus trees became renowned for their fragrance, which was used to perfume rooms, repel insects and sweeten breath.
Alexander the Great was believed to have brought the first citrus fruits from India to his empire in Greece in 4th Century BCE, and Christopher Columbus introduced citrus fruits to the New World in 1493.
It wasn’t until the late 19th Century that citrus fruits became known as important food sources containing essential vitamins, such as Vitamin C and many others.
Citrus fruit baskets make excellent gifts for almost any special occasion or event, such as the birth of a baby, wedding, anniversary, graduation, or as condolence and sympathy in a time of grieving.
Citrus baskets are especially appreciated during the holidays when many people and businesses are expecting visitors and need to serve snacks that almost everyone will enjoy. Attractively decorated citrus baskets filled with a variety of delicious fine fruits along with other goodies can be found for anywhere from US$20 to $100 with an easy search on the Internet.
Among the most common citrus fruits that go into a citrus fruit basket are lemon, lime, grapefruit, orange, clementine, tangerine, mandarin, pummelo, kumquat, and occasionally other more exotic citrus fruits. These ingredients are generally available in the United States all the time. But many gourmet citrus baskets also include pears, figs, apples or grapes as well as nuts, crackers and cheese to add a variety of taste as well as aroma and an elegant look. Almost everyone loves citrus fruits, so with the gift of a citrus basket it’s hard to go wrong.
The most popular times to send citrus fruit baskets are Thanksgiving, Christmas and Hanukkah because they are not only life-affirming but great for feeding guests who drop by. But a citrus fruit basket can also be enjoyed on more personal holidays like Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.
Seeing a citrus fruit basket in the lunchroom on Secretary’s Day makes every office worker smile. A sympathy gesture of a citrus basket to a mourner allows them to focus more on grieving rather than providing food and snacks for visitors paying respects.
The gift of a citrus fruit basket is thoughtful, smart and economic and can lead to years of return on your investment, whether you send it to a business or to a family.