Oranges are a staple fruit the year-round, but their prime season coincides with the colder months, when their sweet juiciness is as welcome as a ray of sunshine.
Most oranges in this country come from California, Arizona and Florida. California and Arizona oranges are ideal for eating because they have thick, easy-to-peel skins; the thicker skins are thought to be a protection against the dry western climate. They’re often bright orange in color and have less juice than their thin-skinned Florida counterparts; fully 90 percent of Florida's orange crop goes into juice production.
Among the sweet oranges, the most popular eating variety is the Navel, which originated in Brazil. It’s distinguished by its blossom end, where a tiny embryonic fruit lies imbedded, resembling the protuberance of a navel. Navels are large, with thick, pebbly skins. They’re also seedless, easy to peel and segment; however, Navels aren’t generally used for juicing because their juice tends to turn bitter quickly.
Another commonly encountered variety, the Valencia, is ideal for juicing; its skin is thin and smooth, and its flesh is heavy with tangy juice. Valencias are also excellent for eating, though they're not as easy to peel as Navels.
Why choose organic oranges?
How to select and store oranges
Tips for using oranges
Earthbound Farm Organic Oranges are an excellent source of vitamin C and a good source of fiber and folate. Oranges and other citrus fruits contain bioflavonoids — a class of antioxidants that, as part of a healthy diet, has been linked to a number of potential health benefits.
Oranges are also bursting with vitamin C; try eating them with other produce that contains iron, like spinach, because vitamin C will help the body absorb iron from plant-based sources. Vitamin C also promotes wound healing, supports the immune system, and aids in skin health.
Oranges are a great choice for women who are pregnant or are trying to become pregnant; it provides 12% of the Daily Value for folate — an essential nutrient needed in higher amounts during pregnancy.
Why choose organic oranges?
Oranges are #31 on theEnvironmental Working Group's “Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce,” a list of produce that carries the most pesticide residues when grown conventionally. So choosing organic oranges makes good sense — especially for children, whose growing bodies are so much more susceptible to environmental chemical exposures than adults’.
At Earthbound Farm, we grow our organic oranges without toxic synthetic pesticides and fertilizers, using sustainable farming methods that protect the environment and help keep pesticides out of our soil, air, water and food supply. Organic food is the healthiest choice for people and the planet — and we think organic oranges taste better, too!
WhatsOnMyFood.org from the Pesticide Action Network shows you searchable results for oranges, orange juice and a wide range of other organic and conventional foods. It’s an easy-to-use and empowering tool for learning about pesticide residues and their health effects for all of us.
Juicy, sweet and seedless, Navel oranges in season are delicious as snacks and great in salads.
Tangy-sweet Valencia oranges in season are ideal for juicing, lending bright citrus flavor to any recipe.