orangesYou’ll notice that we have a lot of orange groves around here that you don’t see on the more populated Florida coasts. We get asked a lot of questions about the oranges so  here are some answers to a few of the more popular ones that come up:

What ingredients are in orange juice?
100% orange juice is made only from oranges. There are no added sugars or preservatives.

Is all orange juice from Florida?
Approximately 80 percent of America’s orange juice is made from Florida-grown oranges. Florida citrus growers produce citrus that is unsurpassed in quality and taste. Florida is second only to Brazil in global orange juice production

Where is most citrus grown in Florida?
Most citrus is grown in the southern two-thirds of the Florida peninsula because there is a low probability of freeze in that area. Polk County, in the central part of the state, remains the top citrus producing county and the second is Highlands.

When are Florida oranges in season?
Florida oranges are plentiful from October through June, although more varieties are available from December through May.

How much juice will a medium-sized Florida orange yield?
Medium oranges are ideal for juicing. Three or four medium oranges will yield 8 ounces of juice.

Is it better to eat a whole orange than drink a glass of orange juice?
The 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend that the majority of your fruit servings come from whole fruit. While fresh oranges do provide more fiber, 100 percent orange juice counts as a fruit serving and a glass of 100 percent orange juice is a healthy and convenient way to help meet the daily recommendations for fruits and vegetables. An 8-ounce serving of orange juice is an excellent source of vitamin C and provides at least 100 percent of the Daily Value for this important antioxidant. Additionally, an 8-ounce serving of 100 percent orange juice is a good source of important nutrients such as thiamin, potassium and folate.

Should I be concerned about the sugar content of orange juice for me or my children?
Many children are not meeting MyPyramid fruit intake recommendations.4 Citrus fruit and juices, including 100 percent orange juice, are free of added sugars and contain only the natural sugars found in whole fruit. Furthermore, the American Academy of Pediatrics’ 100 percent juice intake guidelines include moderate intakes of 100 percent fruit juice (i.e., 4-6 ounces per day for children age 1-6 years and 8-12 ounces per day for older children). When consumed in these quantities, 100 percent orange juice can help children and adults alike get the nutrients they need and help meet fruit intake recommendations.