Thursday, July 31, 2014

Sunburst Oranges Offers Resources For Bloggers

Do you Blog? If you do we would like to know about your audience. Are your blogs related to food or healthy eating? If you do would you consider reviewing all (even one would be fine) of the wonderful products from Sunburst Oranges.

Our website has a page dedicated to you. sunburstoranges.com/#!bloggers-resource/cya7

If you’ve got an audience looking for natural, healthy products, Sunburst Oranges can make great blog posts. Our products are natural and some are relatively unknown to many consumers and perhaps your readers, so they’re exciting for people to learn and talk about. If your readers would enjoy hearing from you about Sunburst Oranges, lemons, pomegranates, chocolate, jams, marmalades, nuts and honey we’re happy to help support your blog. Even if you don’t see something of interest now please check back as we are always adding something seasonal or brand new.

How Our Bloggers Resource Works
Sunburst Oranges isn’t a one-size-fits-all company, so we’ll ask about your blog, of course, but also a little bit about you. You’ll get the most out of the relationship if you’re a Sunburst Oranges kind of person, someone who believes nature gets it right, whose readers appreciate you because and you’re stories are real. We’ll try to understand your blog and not make you do things like everyone else, because you’re aren’t like everyone else. 

Sunburst Oranges Reviews
In some cases it might make sense for us to send you one of our products in what we call our “idea box.” The idea is for you to use the products and review them for your readers. Some bloggers try to tell about the whole product line done in one huge blog and others take it a product at a time and get a handful of posts out of our different lines.

Contest Rewards
Often done in conjunction with a product review, this is pretty straightforward. We’ll ask your input on products your readers might love, and you can have a giveaway on your site. We’ll drop-ship to your winner.

Incentives For Your Readers
Whether your blog has 100 or 100,000 followers, we can create a coupon code unique to your site. Coupons can apply to specific products or entire orders — you can help us decide what makes the most sense for your readers.

For Your Consideration
Please email me at kristen@sunburstpacking.com so we can begin a dialog about you, your blog and to see if Sunburst Oranges is a good fit for both of us.

Are you looking for the perfect gift for business associates, family or friends? A quick visit to http://sunburstoranges.com can solve all of your fresh gift giving adventures. We sell only the finest selections and the freshest citrus you can buy.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Sunburst Oranges Talks Orange Symbols and Effects

"Abbot of Watkungtaphao in Phu Soidao Waterfall"
In China the orange fruit can mean a prayer.

In China the orange fruit can also mean a wish for good fortune.

In dreams, oranges can mean healing and prosperity.

In many cultures oranges are related to fertility.

In some Asian cultures oranges are symbols of change and transition.

Buddhist monks wear Saffron Orange robes which are Yellow-Orange.
Theravada monks of southeast Asia wear robes thought to be very similar in to the robes worn by the historical Buddha and his disciples.

In Eastern philosophy, the Orange Chakra is in the abdomen and is the creative center.

In some Native American cultures orange represents learning or kinship.

In Northern Ireland, Orange represents Protestantism and they call themselves 'Orangemen'.

In the United States and Canada, Orange colors represents fall harvest, Thanksgiving and Halloween.

In the Netherlands, Orange represents royalty and is referred to as the House of Orange.

Orange is associated with citrus and sunshine so it's often used to symbolize Vitamin C.

Oranges, both in color and taste can stimulate the appetite.

Positive Meanings of Orange Fruits
Social, Gregarious
Jovial, Exuberant
Youthful, Cheerful
Adventurous, Daring
Energetic without Aggression
Creative, Constructive
Good Health
Exciting, Warm

Are you looking for the perfect gift for business associates, family or friends? A quick visit to http://sunburstoranges.com can solve all of your fresh gift giving adventures. We sell only the finest selections and the freshest citrus you can buy.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Sunburst Oranges Introduces Pomegranates and a Greek Myth

We are excited the fabled fruit is being harvested here in the California San Joaquin Valley. This fruit can get ‘messy’ but we have the perfect kit waiting for you and ready to Just Add Pomegranates. Our kit makes a wonderfully colorful treat for yourself and a surprisingly interesting gift for others, especially when you share one of the mythical stories of this fruit:   

In the famous Greek legend, Persephone was the sweet daughter of the god Zeus and Demeter, the goddess of harvest and fertility. Persephone grew into a beautiful maiden and attracted the attention of many gods. But her Mother, obsessed with love for her only daughter, kept all men away. Hades, brother to Zeus and the god of the Underworld was a hard, middle-aged man, who lived in the dark among the shadows of the Dead but the fair Persephone had stolen his heart. Demeter was furious when she learned of Hades proposition for marriage to Persephone. But Hades was determined. He tricked the young girl with the most enchanting narcissus she had ever seen as she was playing and picking flowers with her friends. As she stooped down to pick the incredible flower, the earth opened and through the gap Hades emerged in his chariot drawn by his black horses. He grabbed the lovely Persephone and quickly descended into his underworld kingdom, without notice, as the gap in the earth swiftly closed behind them. Though Demeter screamed and fought and cried continuously, no one knew of her fate, except one witness, Zeus.

A desperate and distraught Demeter wandered the earth looking for her daughter taking a long and indefinite leave from her duties as the goddess of harvest and fertility. The earth began to dry-up, harvests began to fail, plants lost their fruitfulness, people and animals of earth were living in untold misery as Demeter’s wrath threatened all humanity. Zeus knew he had to find a solution to both calm Demeter and please Hades. He promised Demeter the return of Persephone if she was in truth being held against her will by Hades. If not, Persephone would remain with Hades as the Queen of the Underworld. Demeter agreed to the terms.


Hades learned of this agreement and tricked his sad and tearful bride to eat the seeds of the Pomegranate. She did not know any who ate even a few seeds of this fruit of the Underworld would forever choose the life of Hades. Thus, when Persephone was asked where she would like to live, she answered, “here with my husband.” Demeter was infuriated and accused Hades of somehow tricking her daughter. A great conflict followed and Demeter threatened that she would never again make the earth fertile and everyone on Earth would die. 

Zeus knew this fight must end and decided Persephone would spend half of the year with her husband in Hades and half with her mother on Olympus. Though neither Demeter nor Hades was happy with this alternative they nevertheless had no other option. During the six months that Persephone would spend in the Underworld, her mother was sad and not in the mood for harvest, leaving the Earth to decline. According to the ancient Greeks, this period was the months of autumn and winter. When Persephone went to Olympus to live with her mother, Demeter would shine from happiness and the land would become fertile and fruitful again, thus the months of spring and summer.

The wonderful Pomegranate is one of the fruits that you either love or hate (or a least don’t think they are worth the trouble to eat).  If you are one of the fans you can't get your fill of this luscious fruit at Sunburst Oranges. From our land to your hand… 

Are you looking for the perfect gift for business associates, family or friends? A quick visit to http://sunburstoranges.com can solve all of your fresh gift giving adventures. We sell only the finest selections and the freshest citrus you can buy.

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180 South “E” Street
Porterville, CA  93257
559-783-0500

Monday, July 28, 2014

Sunburst Oranges Wants You To Know About Vitamin Deficiency Anemia

Have you or a loved one ever been told by a doctor that you had anemia? In general it means you are deficient in the iron needed for healthy red blood cells.  Many times this means that you need to add iron rich foods or a vitamin supplement to your diet.

As the name implies, iron deficiency anemia is due to insufficient iron. Without enough iron, your body can't produce enough of a substance in red blood cells that enables them to carry oxygen (hemoglobin). As a result, iron deficiency anemia may leave you tired and short of breath.

Causes include a lack of iron in your diet. Your body regularly gets iron from the foods you eat. If you consume too little iron, over time your body can become iron deficient. Examples of iron-rich foods include meat, eggs, leafy green vegetables and iron-fortified foods. For proper growth and development, infants and children need iron from their diet, too.

Did you know that without the proper amount of Vitamin C your body can’t properly utilize the increase in iron rich foods or supplements?

Vitamin deficiency anemia occurs when your body doesn't have enough of the vitamins needed to produce adequate numbers of healthy red blood cells. Red blood cells carry oxygen from your lungs throughout your body. If your diet is lacking in certain vitamins, vitamin deficiency anemia can develop. Or vitamin deficiency anemia may develop because your body can't properly absorb the nutrients from the foods you eat.

What should you add to your diet to correct this condition?

Like most other vitamins, vitamin C, a water soluble vitamin also known as ascorbic acid, is not made in the body but most be obtained from foods or supplements. Vitamin C plays a number of important roles in the body, including enhancing the absorption of iron. Iron helps make hemoglobin, the part of the red blood cell that carries oxygen. Vitamin C also aids in red blood cell production. A vitamin C deficiency can lead to anemia, or low red blood cell count.

Giving vitamin C supplements along with iron supplements can improve iron deficient anemia as well as other types of anemia. While you absorb iron best if you take it on an empty stomach, iron taken this way is more likely to cause stomach upset. Eat foods high in vitamin C along with foods high in plant iron to increase absorption. Do not take antacids at the same time as iron, because antacids decrease the acidity in the stomach, which decreases iron absorption.

Are you looking for the perfect gift for business associates, family or friends? A quick visit to http://sunburstoranges.com can solve all of your fresh gift giving adventures. We sell only the finest selections and the freshest citrus you can buy.

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180 South “E” Street
Porterville, CA  93257
559-783-0500

Friday, July 25, 2014

Sunburst Orange Gift Packs

Medium Super Citrus Saver
18 California Sweet Navel Oranges delivered to your door at no additional shipping costs. $21.95

Large Super Citrus Saver
24 California Sweet Navel Oranges delivered to your door at no additional shipping costs. $29.95

Can ship anywhere in the US including Military Bases...........Send a little Sunshine to Support Our Troops.

Are you looking for the perfect gift for business associates, family or friends? A quick visit to sunburstoranges.com can solve all of your fresh gift giving adventures. We have the finest selections and the freshest citrus you can buy.



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180 South “E” Street
Porterville, CA  93257
559-783-0500

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Sunburst Oranges Wants You To Know About Healthy Nut Snacks

There are many different types of nuts, each with its own unique health benefits. The top of the list could just be Almonds. Almonds contain high levels of magnesium, which help regulate blood sugar and tends to reduce food cravings. 

Experts believe almonds also help block the body's absorption of calories, according to research presented by "Fitness" magazine. fitnessmagazine.com/weight-loss/plans/diets/foods-for-flat-abs

Walnuts, pistachios and peanuts, technically a legume, though still very beneficial, all have cholesterol-lowering properties as well.

Always steer clear of nuts that are heavily salted, have been flavored, roasted in oil or “honey-roasted”. These nuts are much higher in unhealthy fats and sodium and do not boast the same health benefits or weight-loss properties as raw or dry-roasted nuts. 

While Brazil nuts are one of the healthiest nuts because of their magnesium and selenium contents, they contain especially high quantities of selenium, which can cause health problems when consumed in excess. Excessive selenium levels in the blood can cause selenium toxicity, or selenosis, which can cause gastrointestinal problems, possible nerve damage and other symptoms. Avoid eating more than two Brazil nuts per day.

The fatty, salty, creamy, savory taste and texture of nuts make them a popular snack, accompaniment with beer and ingredient in a host of dishes. But given their high calorie and fat contents, many people still shy away from eating nuts regularly.

Consider nuts to help with stress reduction. Of course nuts can't make your deadline or destroy huge credit card bills, but the nutrients in several types of nuts can help protect your body against the damaging physical effects of being stressed out. One study looked at nuts rich in alpha-linolenic acid, like walnuts, and found that they had a heart-protective benefit during times of acute stress -- which are known to cause cardiovascular strain.

A walnut a day may help keep bad cholesterol away, according to a 2010 study in the Archives of Internal Medicine that found a 7.4 percent reduction in "bad" LDL cholesterol and an 8.3 percent reduction in the ratio of LDL to HDL. What's more, triglyceride concentrations declined by more than 10 percent.

A diet lush in pistachios may provide some protection from lung cancer, according to preliminary research presented at the American Association for Cancer Research Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research Conference. The researchers theorize that the nut's richness in gamma-tocopherol, a type of vitamin E, may be the key to cancer protection, although further research is required.

Are you looking for the perfect nutty gift for business associates, family or friends? A quick visit to http://sunburstoranges.com can solve all of your “nut” gift giving adventures. We sell only the finest selections and the freshest nuts you can buy.

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180 South “E” Street
Porterville, CA  93257
559-783-0500

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Orange Is The Best Color! P.S. Sunburst Oranges Knows That.

Fun and flamboyant orange radiates warmth and energy. Interestingly, some tones of orange, such as terra cotta, peach, and rust have very broad appeal.

Orange is the color of saffron, pumpkins and apricots. It is between red and yellow on the spectrum of light, and in the traditional color wheel used by painters. Its name is derived from the orange fruit.

In Europe and America, orange is commonly associated with amusement, the unconventional, extroverts, fire, activity, danger, taste and aroma, the autumn season, and Protestantism. In Asia, it is an important symbolic color of Buddhism and Hinduism.

The high visibility of orange made it a popular color for certain kinds of clothing and equipment. During the Second World War, U.S. Navy pilots in the Pacific began to wear orange inflatable life jackets, which could be spotted by search and rescue planes. After the war, these jackets became common on both civilian and naval vessels of all sizes, and on aircraft that flew over water. 

Orange was also widely worn by workers on highways and by cyclists to avoid being hit by cars, and for the flights suits of the crews of the Space Shuttle and the International Space Station.

Orange is the color associated with autumn tinged forests and harvested crops, and we therefore associate it with ripe produce, healthy foods and eating. No wonder Orange both awakens and stimulates our appetites.

Orange is the key color of Halloween as well as clown clothing and wigs, as the color brings an air of festivity, playfulness and fun! Obviously, children love the color orange, and that is why it was one of the very first colors and flavors chosen for Jell-O, Orange "Crush" soda pop and Popsicles. 

Today orange is still widely used all over the world for both children's toys and clothes, and perhaps this is because the color orange has been proven to improve oxygen supply to the brain, which in turn can increase awareness and mental stimulation in children and adults alike.

Studies show that orange, a close kin of red, sparks more controversy than any other color. There is usually either a strong positive or negative association to orange and true orange generally elicits a stronger “love it” or “hate it” response than any other color. 

Surveyors commonly use orange flags and spray orange paint to mark the boundaries of their measurements. Is it any wonder then, that if we really dislike the color orange we may not have established and / or acknowledged our personal boundaries. It could also indicate that we have difficulty respecting the boundaries of others.

Are you looking for the perfect gift for business associates, family or friends? A quick visit to http://sunburstoranges.com can solve all of your fresh gift giving adventures. We sell only the finest selections and the freshest citrus you can buy.

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180 South “E” Street
Porterville, CA  93257
559-783-0500

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Sunburst Oranges: Pecan-Crusted Trout with Orange-Rosemary Butter Sauce

This is a delicious, healthly fish recipe. The only thing that would better is to use fresh caught trout and Sunburst Oranges.

Pecan-Crusted Trout with Orange-Rosemary Butter Sauce
Serves 4

At the fish market, ask them to remove the head, tail and bones from the trout, then to cut each trout into two fillets, leaving the skin intact.

Ingredients
For trout
2 cups pecans (about 8 ounces)
1 cup all purpose flour
2 large (12- to 14-ounce) trout, filleted, skin left intact
3 large egg whites, beaten to blend

For sauce
1 1/2 cups fresh orange juice
1 cup dry wine
2/3 cup chopped shallots
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
8 5-inch-long fresh parsley stems
1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 large fresh thyme sprig
2 fresh rosemary sprigs
1/4 cup whipping cream
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into 12 pieces

For assembly
4 tablespoons olive oil
1 carrot, peeled, cut into matchstick-size strips
1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
6 cups thinly sliced savoy cabbage
2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) unsalted butter
Chopped fresh chives

Directions

Make trout:
Combine pecans and 1 tablespoon flour in processor. Grind pecans finely; transfer to plate. Place remaining flour on another plate. Sprinkle fish with salt and pepper. Dip 1 fillet into flour to coat; shake off excess. Using pastry brush, brush flesh side with egg whites. Place fillet, egg white side down, onto pecans; press to coat with nuts. Transfer to waxed paper-lined baking sheet, pecan side down. Repeat with remaining 3 fillets; chill.

Make sauce:
Combine first 7 ingredients in medium saucepan. Boil 10 minutes; add rosemary. Boil until liquid is reduced to 1/2 cup, about 10 minutes. Strain sauce into another medium saucepan, pressing on solids in sieve. Add cream; bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low. Whisk in butter 1 piece at a time (do not boil). Season with salt and pepper. Let stand at room temperature up to 2 hours.

To assemble:
Heat 2 tablespoons oil in heavy large Dutch oven over high heat. Add carrot and bell pepper; toss 2 minutes. Add cabbage; toss until cabbage wilts, about 4 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from heat.

Melt 1 tablespoon butter with 1 tablespoon oil in heavy large skillet over medium-high heat. Place 2 fillets, pecan side down, into skillet. Cook until crust is golden and crisp, about 2 minutes. Using spatula, turn fillets over. Cook until just opaque in center, about 2 minutes. Transfer to plate. Repeat with remaining butter, oil and fish.

Whisk sauce over low heat to rewarm (do not boil). Divide vegetables among plates. Top with fish. Spoon sauce around fish and vegetables. Sprinkle with chopped chives and serve.

Are you looking for the perfect gift for business associates, family or friends? A quick visit to http://sunburstoranges.com can solve all of your fresh gift giving adventures. We sell only the finest selections and the freshest citrus you can buy. Direct from our trees to your home.

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Sunburst Packing Co.
180 South “E” Street
Porterville, CA  93257
559-783-0500

Monday, July 21, 2014

Study Shows Vitamin C Can Reduce Stroke Risk

A recent study suggests that foods high in vitamin C can lower the risk of stroke.

Hemorrhagic stroke accounts for about thirteen percent of all stroke cases. The condition occurs when a blood vessel in the brain bursts and floods the surrounding area.

This was a small study based on data from 135 people, of which 65 people had suffered from a blood vessel rupture in the brain, an intracerebral hemorrhagic stroke. Researchers looked at the levels of vitamin C in participants' blood.

Researchers found that 41 percent of the participants had normal levels of vitamin C while 45 had low levels of the vitamin and 14 percent were deficient of vitamin C.

People who had lower levels of vitamin were more likely to have suffered from a stroke than people with high levels of the vitamin, researchers found.

Vitamin C is a water soluble vitamin, meaning that the body doesn't store it and therefore must be acquired from the diet or supplements. The vitamin is important for maintenance of skin, bones and teeth.

Adults need to take about 75 to 90 mg of vitamin C every day. Citrus fruits such as oranges and grapefruits have high amounts of vitamin C. Broccoli, green and red peppers, spinach, cabbage, sweet and white potatoes are also rich in the vitamin, according to Office of Dietary Supplements.  

"Our results show that vitamin C deficiency should be considered a risk factor for this severe type of stroke, as were high blood pressure, drinking alcohol and being overweight in our study," said study author St├ęphane Vannier, MD, with Pontchaillou University Hospital in Rennes, France, according to a news release. "More research is needed to explore specifically how vitamin C may help to reduce stroke risk. For example, the vitamin may regulate blood pressure."

The study was presented at the American Academy of Neurology's 66th Annual Meeting, April 26th thru May 3rd in Philadelphia.

Get a great supply of natural vitamin C from Sunburst Oranges.

Sunburst Oranges Hand-Picked, Hand-Made Goodness Year-Round!

Are you looking for the perfect gift for business associates, family or friends? A quick visit to sunburstoranges.com can solve all of your fresh gift giving adventures. We sell only the finest selections and the freshest citrus you can buy.

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180 South “E” Street
Porterville, CA  93257
559-783-0500

Friday, July 18, 2014

Special Offer For Newsletter Sign-up?


Good health lets you juggle your way through a busy day and oranges help to keep you in good health.  Please take a moment and sign-up for Sunburst Orange's newsletter to keep informed of a simple way to get the finest hand-picked oranges available plus other great citrus, edibles and gifts delivered right to your door.

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180 South “E” Street
Porterville, CA  93257
559-783-0500

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Will Oranges Cost More In The Coming Months?

Most oranges used and consumed in the United States come from three places, California, Florida and Brazil.  All three areas are dealing with drought conditions that will contribute to an increase in the price of oranges. In addition Florida’s orange crop is under pressure from an Asian insect that has invaded Florida orange groves is destroying farmers' orange crops, thereby threatening the entire orange juice industry.

Florida is the world's second largest grower, producing three quarters of the overall orange juice supply, and growers are frantically working to save their loot.

The gnat-sized insect, the Asian citrus psyllid, spreads citrus greening, causing fruit to wither and drop early. 

According to a Bloomberg survey, this year Florida will output 110 million boxes of oranges, compared to 133.6 million from the previous season.

With supply at its lowest since 1985, demand for the citrus fruit will likely drive up orange juice prices.

Frozen concentrated orange juice for May delivery rose 1.15 cents, or 0.7 percent, to end at $1.65 a pound, the highest since March 29, 2012, on the ICE Futures US exchange, the Wall Street Journal reported.

And as luck would have it, Brazil, the number one orange exporter, is experiencing the worst drought in decades, damaging their harvest as well.

"We have the two largest producers in the world both having poor crops at the same time," Mike Seery, president of Seery Futures, a brokerage firm in Plainfield, Ill., said. "That's bad news."

Scientists are currently working on a remedy, and growers are combating the bacterial disease with insecticides, fertilizer and extra minerals. But they aren't just fighting to save their jobs - the state's $9 billion citrus industry is responsible for 76,000 jobs.

"This isn't about the industry fighting to make a profit," Rep. Ben Albritton, a fourth-generation grower, told Sunshine State News on Friday. "It's about us fighting for survival. Remember, citrus isn't just a crop in Florida, it's part of our character."

Sunburst Oranges Hand-Picked, Hand-Made, Goodness Year-Round!

Are you looking for the perfect gift for business associates, family or friends? A quick visit to sunburstoranges.com can solve all of your fresh gift giving adventures. We sell only the finest selections and the freshest citrus you can buy.

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180 South “E” Street
Porterville, CA  93257
559-783-0500

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Sunburst Orange Marmalade Pork Roast Tacos with Cole Slaw

Try this mouth-watering southwestern style simple meal.  I promise it will be a big hit with your friends and family.

Ingredients

1 medium onion, chopped
1 bone-in pork shoulder, 10 pounds of picnic cut
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon of fresh chopped garlic
2 teaspoons of Redmond Real Sea Salt
1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
1 and 1/2 cups Sunburst Orange Marmalade
1 cup cilantro leaves
20 corn tortillas

Cole Slaw
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1 head purple cabbage
4 medium carrots, coarsely grated
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

Directions

Place the onions in the bottom of a 5-quart slow cooker. Place the pork shoulder, fat and skin side up. in the slow cooker. In a medium bowl stir together soy sauce, garlic, salt pepper and the Sunburst Orange Marmalade. Pour the mixture over the pork. Cover and cook on low for at least eight hours.

Remove shoulder to a serving platter and let it rest for five minutes. Use a fork to break up some of the meat and arrange on a plate. Leave the rest of the meat on the bone to keep it warm and moist and let your guest pull it off as they need it.

Cole Slaw:
Shred the cabbage and grate the carrots into a large bowl. Add vinegar, salt, and pepper (to taste) and toss. Cover with a damp towel and let sit in refrigerator for a minimum of one hour, up to a maximum of eight hours.

Wrap the tortillas in damp towels, 10 to a towel and microwave on high for 30 seconds. Set out pork and tortillas with Cole Slaw and let your guests build their own incredible tacos. Sprinkle with cilantro to taste.

Are you looking for the perfect gift for business associates, family or friends? A quick visit to http://sunburstoranges.com can solve all of your fresh gift giving adventures. We sell only the finest selections and the freshest citrus you can buy. Direct from our trees to your home.

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Sunburst Packing Co.
180 South “E” Street
Porterville, CA  93257
559-783-0500

Monday, July 14, 2014

Sunburst Oranges – MP3s This Day, July 14th, In History

We all know that we can store hundreds of song files in MP3 format on a USB drive and enjoy music no matter where we are, at home, at work or relaxing on the beach. But, when and where did the MP3 format get its start?

Representatives of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) were not in attendance at the 1995 christening of the infant technology that would shake their business model to its core just a few years later. Known formally as "MPEG-1 Audio Layer 3," the technology in question was an efficient new format for the encoding of high-quality digital audio using a highly efficient data-compression algorithm. In other words, it was a way to make CD-quality music files small enough to be stored in bulk on the average computer and transferred manageably across the Internet. Released to the pubic one week earlier, the brand-new MP3 format was given its name and its familiar ".mp3" file extension on this day in 1995.

The importance of MP3, or any other scheme for compressing data, is made clear by some straightforward arithmetic. The music on a compact disc is encoded in such a way that a single second corresponds to approximately 176,000 bytes of data, and a single three-minute song to approximately 32 million bytes (32MB). In the mid-1990s, when it was not uncommon for a personal computer to have a total hard-drive capacity of only 500MB, it was therefore impossible to store even one album's worth of music on the average home computer. And given the actual connection speed of a then-standard 56K dial-up modem, even a single album's worth of music would have taken literally all day to transfer over the Internet. In this way, the nature of the CD format and the state of mid-90s computer and telecommunications technologies offered the music industry a practical barrier to copyright infringement via Internet file-sharing. But then came MP3.

Over the course of the late 1980s and early 1990s, several teams of audio engineers worked to develop, test and perfect the standard that would eventually gain the blessing of Motion Picture Experts Group (MPEG). Their approach took advantage of certain physical and cognitive characteristics of human hearing, such as our inability to detect the quieter of two sounds played simultaneously. Using a "perceptual" compression method, engineers were able to eliminate more than 90 percent of the data in a standard CD audio file without compromising sound quality as perceived by the average listener using standard audio equipment.

Suddenly, that digital copy of your favorite pop song took up only 2-3 MB on your hard-drive rather than 32MB, which in combination with the growth in average drive capacity and the increase in average Internet connection speed created the conditions for both the rampant, Winamp and Napster enabled copyright infringement of 1999-2000 and for the legal commercial distribution of digital music via the Internet. In the eyes of the RIAA, those are the conditions that also explain the 29 percent decline in the sales of music CDs between 2000 and 2006.

So store your music files on your very own orange colored and shaped USB drive and enjoy.

When you are looking for the perfect gift for business associates, family or friends, a quick visit to http://sunburstoranges.com can solve all of your fresh gift giving adventures. We have the finest selections and the freshest citrus you can buy.

Presented By:
Sunburst Packing Co.
180 South “E” Street
Porterville, CA  93257
559-783-0500

Friday, July 11, 2014

Sunburst Oranges Jams and Marmalades

Top of the Hill Fresh Made Jams

Many of these jams, jellies and marmalades are made from produce grown on this family ranch.  They are sealed in a glass jars and can stay for about a year unopened (refrigerate after opening). The jams and jellies are freshly made from natural ingredients. Each jar has an ingredients label for your convenience. 
  
Get that hand-made, farmer's market flavor at home.

Ten flavors to choose from...take a look!

$7.50 Marmalade and Jam

Select from an assortment of flavors freshly made with fruit picked from Central California and all natural ingredients sealed in "Lead Free" glass jars made in USA.

Choose A Flavor
Orange Marmalade, Blood Orange Marmalade, Lemon Marmalade, Tangerine Marmalade, Blackberry Jam, Boysenberry Jam, 3 Berry Jam (Boysenberry,Raspberry,Blueberry), Kiwi-Strawberry Jam, White Peach Jam and Jalapeno-Apricot Jam. 8 oz. glass Mason jar 

Are you looking for the perfect gift for business associates, family or friends? A quick visit to sunburstoranges.com can solve all of your fresh gift giving adventures. We have the finest selections and the freshest citrus you can buy.

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180 South “E” Street
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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Have You Heard About The Battle Of The Oranges?

No, it isn’t related to the TV series “Orange Is The New Black”. Nor is it related to the Asian Insect (citrus psyllid) destroying the Florida orange juice crop.

It's an epic Italian food fight, called the Battle of the Oranges. Some folks like to call this battle a “Carnival”.

Thousands of people gather each year for the annual 'Battle of the Oranges'. The battle sees large crowds bombarding each other with the oranges, many of the participants are dressed up in period medieval costumes.

No matter what you call it the event takes place in Ivrea, near Turin, in northern Italy, and is based on a legend from the Middle Ages. According to a popular account, the festival's origins lie in the overthrow of a tyrant in the Middle Ages when the daughter of a miller rejected the advances of an evil lord. Crowds bombard each other with oranges to commemorate this medieval popular uprising. 

Instead of the sword and crossbow, however, the weapon of choice is the orange.

People take the celebration very seriously indeed. The battle recalls the uprising in the 12th century of commoners against noblemen, with the oranges representing the oppressors' heads. 

More recently, in the 1930s, local girls started to throw oranges onto carnival parade carriages to make the boys notice them. The boys started to throw items back and over time the duel turned into a real fruit fight between the balconies, carts and the street crowds.

The core celebration is based on a locally famous Battle of the Oranges that involves some thousands of townspeople, divided into nine combat teams, who throw oranges at each other – with considerable violence – during the traditional carnival days: Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. The carnival takes place in February: it ends on the night of Shrove Tuesday with a solemn funeral. Traditionally, at the end of the silent march that closes the carnival the "General" says goodbye to everyone with the classical phrase in dialect "arvedse a giobia a ‘n bot", translated as "we'll see each other on Thursday at one", referring to the Thursday the carnival will start the next year.

One of the citizens is elected Mugnaia. Legend has it that a miller's daughter (la "Mugnaia") called Violetta once refused to accept the "right" of the local duke to spend a night with each newly wed woman and cut his head off. Today the carriages represent the king's fortress and the orange throwers the revolutionaries.

'Battle of the Oranges' gets very messy with several hundred tons of oranges thrown in three days, the clean-up operation is a battle in and of itself.

When you are looking for the perfect gift for business associates, family or friends, a quick visit to http://sunburstoranges.com can solve all of your fresh gift giving adventures. We have the finest selections and the freshest citrus you can buy.

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180 South “E” Street
Porterville, CA  93257
559-783-0500

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Sunburst Oranges – Do You Like Our New Quotes?

We recently revamped our website and one of the new additions was a quote at the bottom of every page or section. We thought these sayings were worth sharing and you would find them informative or inspiring.

We decided to look and see what “orange” or at least fruit related quotes we could find and use on our blog. Here is a quote that holds much meaning.

“It's the action, not the fruit of the action, that's important. You have to do the right thing. It may not be in your power, may not be in your time, that there'll be any fruit. But that doesn't mean you stop doing the right thing. You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result.” 

― Mahatma Gandhi

Life without love is like a tree without blossoms or fruit

― Kahlil Gibran

When the fruit is scarcest its taste is the sweetest

― Unknown

If the family were a fruit, it would be an orange, a circle of sections, held together but separable - each segment distinct.

― Unknown

Quotes or humor with much lighter content…

“Orange is the happiest color.”

― Frank Sinatra

California is a fine place to live - if you happen to be an orange.

― Fred Allen

Why was the guy fired from the orange juice factory? He couldn't concentrate! 

Please take a moment and look over all the changes we have made to sunburstoranges.com.

When you are looking for the perfect gift for business associates, family or friends, a quick visit to http://sunburstoranges.com can solve all of your fresh gift giving adventures. We have the finest selections and the freshest citrus you can buy.

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Sunburst Packing Co.
180 South “E” Street
Porterville, CA  93257
559-783-0500

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Sunburst Oranges: Orange Marinated Prawn Tostadas

This is an easy and delicious Southwest style recipe. Liven up your weeks menu with a great orange spicy zing.

Orange Marinated Prawn Tostadas 

Ingredients
2 Oranges, juiced and zested
1 lime, juiced
1 lb raw prawns, peeled and deveined 
1 handful of cilantro, finely chopped
2 jalapenos, seeded and finely chopped (optional)
1/2 cup scallions, chopped
1 14 oz. can of black refried beans
tostada shells 
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese 
1 avocado, sliced
1/2 cup salsa
1/2 cup sour cream
red onion, chopped 
Olive Oil

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 350.
Mix orange zest, juice of one orange, juice of one lime, about half the chopped cilantro, jalapenos, and half of the scallions with the raw prawns. Put mixture in the refrigerator while preparing the tostadas.

Spread a thin layer of refried beans on each tostada and sprinkle cheese on top of refried beans.

Bake cheese and beans until cheese in melted, about 5-10 minutes.Top each tostada with avocado slices, and a dollop of salsa and sour cream.

Heat a oil in pan, when hot add onions, then add prawn mixture, squeezing in more orange juice as the prawns cooks. Cook for about 5 minutes.

Top the prepared tostada with the prawns.

Are you looking for the perfect gift for business associates, family or friends? A quick visit to sunburstoranges.com can solve all of your fresh gift giving adventures. We sell only the finest selections and the freshest citrus you can buy. Direct from our trees to your home.

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180 South “E” Street
Porterville, CA  93257
559-783-0500

Monday, July 7, 2014

Sunburst Oranges – Meteor Day

Sunburst Oranges –  Meteor Day

As you know there is at least one celebration everyday! Here is partial list for June 30th.

Meteor Day!
Leap Second Time Adjustment Day!
Social Media Day!

June 30th sure has a couple of unusual celebration days.

Today is Meteor Day! The word “meteor” refers to a visible streak of light that is produced by debris falling to the Earth from space. We also call this beautiful phenomenon a “shooting star” or “falling star.” The tradition of wishing upon a shooting star can be traced all the way back to 127 AD. Ptolemy, the Greek astronomer, hypothesized that the Gods occasionally liked to peer down at Earth from the other world. From time to time, a star or two would slip past them and fall through the heavens. Anyone who saw a shooting star knew that the Gods were paying attention so it was the perfect time to make a wish!

Did you know that shooting stars are actually quite small? The average meteoroid is about the size of a pebble. Around 15,000 tons of meteoroids enter the Earth’s atmosphere every day, but very few of them actually reach the surface. When they do, they are called “meteorites.”

To celebrate Meteor Day, spend some time star-gazing tonight, or find out when the next meteor shower is going to take place. If you see a shooting star, remember to make a wish!

Leap Second Adjustment Time
A leap second can be added, or subtracted, twice a year to keep time in sync with the atomic clock time.

The second is added, or subtracted, at midnight on June 30th and January 31st.

Although a… leap second is “added” at midnight, its effect actually slows down the atomic clock by one second… since a… leap second represents an extra second that must be counted before the new day can begin.

This year marks the fifth-annual celebration of Social Media Day. In just a short time, it has grown to become a truly global effort, with hundreds of events taking place all over the world.

Social Media Day: On June 30, people will come together, either at in-person events, or by using the #SMDay hashtag to connect with others on social media.

If you are looking for a good source of celebration info try; checkiday.com

When you are looking for the perfect gift for business associates, family or friends, a quick visit to http://sunburstoranges.com can solve all of your fresh gift giving adventures. We have the finest selections and the freshest citrus you can buy.

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Sunburst Packing Co.
180 South “E” Street
Porterville, CA  93257
559-783-0500

Friday, July 4, 2014

Sunset Oranges Celebrates the Fourth of July

It can be argued that the Fourth of July celebration is the bedrock of the American experience.  It is the common date that holds true to our very beginnings as a republic. That date is what we celebrate as the first of the stepping stones on our road to separation and freedom from the tyranny of the English Crown and commerce.

July Fourth our Independence Day!

Historians have long disputed whether Congress actually signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, even though Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and Benjamin Franklin all later wrote that they had signed it on that day. Most historians have concluded that the Declaration was signed nearly a month after its adoption, on August 2, 1776, and not on July 4 as is commonly believed.

In 1778, General George Washington marked July 4 with a double ration of rum for his soldiers and an artillery salute. Across the Atlantic Ocean, in Paris, France, ambassadors John Adams and Benjamin Franklin held a dinner in honor of their fellow Americans.

In a remarkable coincidence, both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, the only signers of the Declaration of Independence later to serve as Presidents of the United States, died on the same day: July 4, 1826, which was the 50th anniversary of the Declaration. Although not a signer of the Declaration of Independence, but another Founding Father who became a President, James Monroe, died on July 4, 1831, thus becoming the third President in a row who died on this memorable day. Calvin Coolidge, the 30th President, was born on July 4, 1872, and, so far, is the only President to have been born on Independence Day.

In 1781 the Massachusetts General Court became the first state legislature to recognize July 4 as a state celebration.

In 1870, the United States Congress made Independence Day an unpaid holiday for all regular federal employees. In 1938, Congress revisited the issue and changed Independence Day to a paid holiday.

Independence Day a national holiday marked by patriotic displays. Similar to other summer-themed events, fourth of July celebrations often take place outdoors. Many politicians make it a point on this day to appear at a public event to praise the nation's heritage, laws, history, society, and people.

Firework shows are held in many states, and many fireworks are sold for personal use or as an alternative to a public show. Safety concerns have led some states to ban fireworks or limit the sizes and types allowed. Illicit traffic transfers many fireworks from less restrictive states.  A salute of one gun for each state in the United States, called a “salute to the union,” is fired on Independence Day at noon by all capable military base.

Are you looking for the perfect gift for business associates, family or friends? A quick visit to http://sunburstoranges.com can solve all of your fresh gift giving adventures. We sell only the finest selections and the freshest citrus you can buy. Direct from our trees to your home.

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180 South “E” Street
Porterville, CA  93257
559-783-0500

Thursday, July 3, 2014

California Citrus GiftPacks from Sunburst Oranges

Let me ask, if a cool glass of fresh squeezed orange juice over ice would taste wonderful right now? Our Citrus Giftpacks are a delightful way to get our fresh California oranges delivered right to your home or office year round.  And as their name would suggest they also make very welcome gifts for business associates, family or friends.

We have several types and sizes of gift packs on our website sunburstoranges.com.  If we don’t have exactly what you are looking for please give us a call at 559-783-0500 and we can see if we can help fill your needs.

As we say on the web site - Sunburst Oranges, Your source for everything citrus & delicious. Hand-Picked, Hand-Made, Goodness Year-Round!

Why make your own fresh squeezed orange juice?

What happens with Industrially-produced orange juice, is after the oranges are squeezed, the juice is stored in giant holding tanks and the oxygen is removed from them.  This allows the liquid to keep for up to a year without spoiling.  This also makes the juice completely flavorless. Then the industry uses “flavor packs” to re-flavor the juice.

Fresh squeezed orange juice can be a good source of vitamins and other nutrients.  Squeezing your own at home would be about the only way to get the real flavor and these nutrients.

An 8 ounce glass of fresh squeezed has just one-hundred-twelve calories and only 1% fat content. By nature it will have 0% Cholesterol and Sodium content. The Dietary Fiber will vary as the squeezing method will affect the amount of pulp content in the glass.

By contrast you may find that your “Orange Drink” can be as much as 448 calories in an 8 ounce glass. Not everything that is orange is good for you.

 Juicy and sweet and renowned for its concentration of vitamin C, oranges make the perfect snack and add a special tang to many recipes; it is no wonder that they are one of the most popular fruits in the world. Oranges are generally available from winter through summer with seasonal variations depending on the variety.

Oranges are round citrus fruits with finely-textured skins that are, of course, orange in color just like their pulpy flesh; the skin can vary in thickness from very thin to very thick. Oranges usually range from approximately two to three inches in diameter.

Our California Citrus GiftPacks are chock full of nature’s bounty. Think of us as your nationwide farmers market for oranges.

Are you looking for the perfect citrus giftpacks for business associates, family or friends? A quick visit to sunburstoranges.com can solve all of your fresh giftpack giving adventures. We sell only the finest selections and the freshest California citrus you can buy.

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180 South “E” Street
Porterville, CA  93257
559-783-0500

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Sunburst Oranges - Are Oranges the Key To Long Life?

What  follows is purely anecdotal. No long involved university study.  No government blessing that the story is really full of facts. It is a true story from a single person’s perspective.  

We take time to present her image for your consideration.

Take a close look at the photo on the right.  How old would you guess she is?  What if I mention in passing that she is ninety years old.

This is what she looks like at 90 years old when she has consumed oranges all of her life. Not to say there is any real scientific study or that Sunburst Oranges would be so presumptuous to even make the even the mere suggestion of correlation.

No, we sure don’t feel we have cause and effect here.

But you know the old saying, however, sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words. Or in this case maybe even more.

Perhaps Florida would like to make a claim, for longevity, as she has lived there for most of her adult life.

Recent studies show health benefits from the properties of oranges. In recent research studies, the healing properties of oranges have been associated with a wide variety of phytonutrient compounds. These phytonutrients include citrus flavanones (types of flavonoids that include the molecules hesperetin and naringenin), anthocyanins, hydroxycinnamic acids, and a variety of polyphenols. When these phytonutrients are studied in combination with oranges—vitamin C, the significant antioxidant properties of this fruit are understandable.

But it is yet another flavanone in oranges, the herperidin molecule, which has been singled out in phytonutrient research on oranges. Arguably, the most important flavanone in oranges, herperidin has been shown to lower high blood pressure as well as cholesterol in animal studies, and to have strong anti-inflammatory properties. Importantly, most of this phytonutrient is found in the peel and inner white pulp of the orange, rather than in its liquid orange center, so this beneficial compound is too often removed by the processing of oranges into juice.

Free radical damage to other cellular structures and other molecules can result in painful inflammation, as the body tries to clear out the damaged parts. Vitamin C, which prevents the free radical damage that triggers the inflammatory cascade, is thus also associated with reduced severity of inflammatory conditions, such as asthma, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis.

Free radicals also oxidize cholesterol. Only after being oxidized does cholesterol stick to the artery walls, building up in plaques that may eventually grow large enough to impede or fully block blood flow, or rupture to cause a heart attack or stroke. Since vitamin C can neutralize free radicals, it can help prevent the oxidation of cholesterol.

Are you looking for the perfect gift for business associates, family or friends? A quick visit to http://sunburstoranges.com can solve all of your fresh gift giving adventures. We sell only the finest selections and the freshest citrus you can buy. Direct from our trees to your home.

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180 South “E” Street
Porterville, CA  93257
559-783-0500

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Almond-Tangerine Panna Cotta

This is the silkiest panna cotta with a slight tang from the greek yogurt. All your guests loved it. I would recommend it as a great do-ahead dessert for the next time you’re planning to throw a dinner party.

Almond-Tangerine Panna Cotta

Servings: 4
Prep Time: 25 mins

Ingredients
3   tablespoons sugar
1 1/2  teaspoons unflavored gelatin
1   cup fat-free milk
1   cup plain Greek yogurt
1/2  teaspoon almond extract
1   tablespoon sugar
1   teaspoon cornstarch
1/3  cup pomegranate or cranberry juice
1/2  cup tangerine sections (3 to 4 tangerines)
2   tablespoons snipped dried tart cherries

Directions
Place four 6-ounce custard cups or ramekins in a shallow baking pan; set aside. In a small saucepan stir together 3 tablespoons sugar and gelatin. Stir in milk. Heat over medium heat until gelatin is dissolved, stirring frequently. Remove from heat. Whisk in yogurt and 1/4 teaspoon of the almond extract until smooth. Pour mixture into custard cups. Cover and chill for 4 to 24 hours or until set.

For sauce, in a small saucepan stir together 1 tablespoon sugar and cornstarch. Stir in pomegranate juice. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened and bubbly. Remove from heat. Stir in tangerine sections, cherries, and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon almond extract. Cool.

To serve, immerse bottom halves of custard cups in hot water for 10 seconds. Using a small sharp knife, loosen panna cotta from sides of cups. Invert a serving plate over each cup; turn plate and cup over together. Remove cups. Serve panna cotta with sauce.

Nutrition Information
Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 151, Fat, total (g) 1, chol. (mg) 10, sat. fat (g) 1, carb. (g) 29, Monosaturated fat (g) 0, Polyunsaturated fat (g) 0, Trans fatty acid (g) 0, fiber (g) 1, sugar (g) 26, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Are you looking for the perfect gift for business associates, family or friends? A quick visit to sunburstoranges.com can solve all of your fresh gift giving adventures. We sell only the finest selections and the freshest citrus you can buy. Direct from our trees to your home.

Presented By:
Sunburst Packing Co.
180 South “E” Street
Porterville, CA  93257
559-783-0500