Thursday, April 30, 2015

Fruit Fiasco: Truck Spills Thousands of Oranges on Road

We saw this news story and thought you might want to know that some of the oranges were salvaged and used for juicing and some given to local food banks to be cleaned and given out with the food baskets.

The fruit fiasco happened in Pala, in San Diego's North County

The road was near the Pechanga Resort and Casino and was closed Tuesday morning after a tractor trailer overturned.

Vitamin C, anyone? A road in north San Diego County was covered in oranges Tuesday morning after a truck’s trailer overturned, spilling the fruit by the thousands into the street.

The trailer tipped over in the 38600 block of Pala-Temecula Rd. in Pala just before 9:30 a.m.

Helicopter video of the scene showed the fruit had spilled from dozens of bins secured on the tipped-over trailer. As a result, the road was a very bright orange color, as opposed to its usual earth tones.

California Highway Patrol officials shut down southbound traffic at Pechanga Parkway and Pala-Temecula Road at Deer Hollow Way after the spill. A SigAlert was issued for the area.

The California Highway Patrol said that it would take two or three hours to clean up the mess and reopen the roadway.

No injuries were reported, officials said. The accident is under investigation by the California Highway Patrol.

Did you know that 2014 was a banner year for food spills on the nation’s highways?

The year started off slowly, but finally in March, there was a corndog spill near Shreveport, La.

The spills started picking up steam in the summer. There were two separate Bud Light spills in 2014: The first, in June, happened in North Dakota, and was followed by a September spill in the Houston area. A massive Red Bull spill menaced I-95 in Florida in early July.

In August, a fish spill took place in Thailand. Woof. Closer to home, a "cranberry sludge" spill marred a Massachusetts roadway, while a butter-and-whipped-cream spill hit Indianapolis that same month.

November saw a spill of frozen turkeys—what else?—in California. (Better that than the truck carrying live turkeys that overturned in Virginia over the summer. And better that than the overturned truck carrying live calves, half of which were killed in the accident.

If you are looking for the perfect wholesome gift for a 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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Sunburst Oranges
180 South “E” Street
Porterville, CA  93257
559-561-3391

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Plastics Made From Oranges At Cornell

Yes, that’s right plastics made from oranges.  Actually they are made from limonene oxide (oxidized orange peel oil). A Cornell University research group has made a sweet and environmentally beneficial discovery -- how to make plastics from citrus fruits, such as oranges, and carbon dioxide.

Professor Geoffrey Coates, left, holds the reactor he used to make a polymer using a citrus fruit extract and carbon dioxide, as postdoctoral chemistry associate Scott Allen, center, and chemistry doctoral student Chris Byrne display other ingredients essential to the novel process. Byrne is holding a flask of limonene oxide (oxidized orange peel oil), and Allen holds a beaker containing the polymer they created.  Credit: Nicola Kountoupes / Cornell University Photography
In industry, Coates explains, the orange peel oil is extracted for various uses, such as giving household cleaners their citrus scent. The oil can be oxidized to create limonene oxide. This is the reactive compound that Coates and his collaborators used as a building block.

The other building block they used was carbon dioxide (CO2), an atmospheric gas that has been rising steadily over the past century and a half -- due largely to the combustion of fossil fuels -- becoming an environmentally harmful greenhouse gas.

By using their catalyst to combine the limonene oxide and CO2, the Coates group produced a novel polymer -- called polylimonene carbonate -- that has many of the characteristics of polystyrene, a petroleum-based plastic currently used to make many disposable plastic products.

"The polymer is a repeating unit, much like a strand of paper dolls. But instead of repeating dolls, the components alternate between limonene oxide and CO2 -- in the polymer," says Coates. Neither limonene oxide nor CO2 form polymers on their own, but when put together, a promising product is created.

Almost every plastic out there, from the polyester in clothing to the plastics used for food packaging and electronics, goes back to the use of petroleum as a building block. If you can get away from using oil and instead use readily abundant, renewable and cheap resources, then that's something we need to investigate. What's exciting about this work is that from completely renewable resources, they were able to make a plastic with very nice qualities.

The Coates research team is particularly interested in using CO2 as an alternative building block for polymers. Instead of being pumped into the atmosphere as a waste product, CO2 could be isolated for use in producing plastics, such as polylimonene carbonate.

The Coates laboratory comprises 18 chemists, about half of them striving to make recyclable and biodegradable materials out of cheap, readily available and environmentally friendly building blocks. Today industry uses things once and throw them away because plastics are cheap and abundant. It won't be like that in the future. says At some point we will look back and say, Wow, remember when we would take plastic containers and just throw them away?

If you are looking for the perfect wholesome gift for a 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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Sunburst Oranges
180 South “E” Street
Porterville, CA  93257
559-561-3391

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Sunburst Oranges Presents Orange-Chocolate Chip Muffins Recipe

While this blog post title says dessert these tasty muffins would work equally well as a special breakfast treat. Fresh squeezed orange juice and a hint of orange zest add a very bright flavor dimension to these mouthwatering chocolate chip muffins.

Ingredients 

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon Real Salt

1/2 cup miniature semisweet chocolate morsels

2 large eggs

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup milk

2 fresh squeezed oranges

1 tablespoon finely shredded orange peel

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1 Wilton ready-to-use icing tube (your choice of flavor) 

Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Use center rack.

Line twelve 2 1/2-inch muffin cups with paper baking cups; set aside. 

In a large bowl stir together flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir in chocolate pieces. Make a well in the center of flour mixture; set aside.

In a medium bowl combine eggs, sugar, milk, zested orange peel, ½ cup orange juice, and oil. Add egg mixture all at once to flour mixture. Stir just until moistened (expect batter to be lumpy).

Spoon 1/4 cup of the batter into each prepared muffin cup. 

Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean and dry.

Cool in muffin cups on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Squeeze generously with lines of icing. Serve while still warm.

If you are looking for the perfect wholesome gift for a 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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Sunburst Oranges
180 South “E” Street
Porterville, CA  93257
559-561-3391

Monday, April 27, 2015

Sunburst Oranges Asks: Are You Looking For A POP Of Orange Color In Your Desert Landscaping?

Do you want to add a pop of orange color to your desert landscaping? Do you want a very low maintenance plant? Does desert plants that are perennial (you need to plant them only once), hardy, low care, relatively drought resistant, easy to find, pretty cheap to buy, and provide lovely color many times during the year sound like a great idea for your lawn?.

Then you just may want to consider an Orange Jubilee.

The botanical name for Orange Jubilee is Bignoniaceae, Tecoma hybrid. The Orange Jubilee is an evergreen shrub that loves sun and heat. It blooms from late spring through early fall. These desert plants are drought resistant, and do well in almost any soil. 

The Orange Jubilee blooms are bright orange and tubular; they look like elongated bells, which is why some people call them Orange Bells plants. This desert plant attracts hummingbirds and bees. The leaves are a vibrant green color. Orange Jubilee plants will normally grow to 8 feet tall or more, and several feet wide. 

Orange Jubilees can be trimmed to control size and can be shaped, but most are left natural allowing branches to get longish and weepy. If they get frost damaged in the winter, just cut them back and they will grow again in the spring.

With these plants loose clusters of orange trumpet-like blooms are borne from mid-summer to fall on this upright to spreading woody perennial to large shrub. More freely flowering and larger growing in mild winter climates but still performs well as a die-back summer and fall flowering perennial once they are well-established.

You can see from the photograph why some folks refer to these flowers as Orange Trumpet Flowers. Their graceful shape and bright orange color make them a popular addition to nearly any desert landscape.

You’ll think you were invited to a joyous celebration as you watch this large, fast-growing shrub claim its spot in the garden. With lush green foliage and flashy orange flowers blooming most of the year, it looks like the party is always on. Better yet, it does best if left to grow in spots with full or reflected sun. It lives lightly on the land, only needing small amounts of water to thrive, and remember attracts beautiful hummingbirds.

If you are looking for the perfect wholesome gift for a 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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Sunburst Oranges
180 South “E” Street
Porterville, CA  93257
559-561-3391

Friday, April 24, 2015

Sunburst Oranges Super Saver 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

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

Thursday, April 23, 2015

You Need Fiber In Your Diet - How Much Dietary Fiber Is In Oranges?

You probably know that fiber is important to good health, but do you know if you are getting enough? Most Americans aren't. Women need 25 grams of fiber per day, and men need 38 grams per day, according to the Institute of Medicine. The average adult only eats 15 grams of fiber per day.

Eating more plant foods -- vegetables, beans, fruit, whole grains, and nuts -- is the best way and is one of the major recommendations from the U.S. government's Dietary Guidelines.

Eating the segments of an average sized navel orange provides about twenty percent of an adult’s daily need for dietary fiber.

An orange weighs from 2 to 10 ounces, including seeds and peel, depending on its size and variety. Most commercially grown oranges from common and navel varieties weigh 5 to 6 ounces. Smaller oranges, such as mandarins, typically weigh 2 to 3 ounces each.

One medium-sized orange contains approximately 80 calories, 19 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of dietary fiber, 14 grams of sugar and 1 gram of protein. Navel oranges, which are seedless and have a thicker peel, are commonly sold for fresh eating, while most Valencia oranges, which have a thin peel, are sold for juicing. The smallest oranges, including Satsumas and clementines, are sold for snacking. Hybrids, such as the Cara Cara and blood oranges, are often used in salads, dressings, sauces and smoothies.

Fiber helps rid the body of some dietary fat. Because the human body is unable to break down fiber, it leaves the body pretty much in the same form it entered. As fiber winds its way through your digestive system, it grabs fats and carries them all the way through to the colon, where a fat-and-fiber package is bundled, water is extracted, and the bundle eliminated from the body. Keep in mind, though, that it’s all a matter of proportion.

The amount of fiber you need is tied to the number of calories you eat in a day. For healthy adults, the USDA recommends 14 grams of fiber for every 1,000 calories consumed. So a person eating 2,000 calories a day should try to consume 28 grams of fiber daily. In “food” terms, you could hit (and even try to exceed) that target by eating the following types of foods over the course of a day: ½ cup oatmeal (3 grams fiber), 1 small banana (3 grams), ½ cup cooked red or black beans (7 grams), 1 orange (3 grams), ½ cup lentils (8 grams), and ½ cup blueberries (3 grams).

Well, there you are, go out and eat the right amount fiber to help you stay healthy.

If you are looking for the perfect wholesome gift for a 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.

Presented By:
Sunburst Oranges
180 South “E” Street
Porterville, CA  93257
559-561-3391

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Build an Orange Feeder for Your Local Birds

Wild birds are magnificent creatures. The gentle tweet of their nearby songs can be so calming, as it lets us know they wish to be friends. You can catch sight of their seemingly weightless bodies as they swoop and sail across clear blue skies, searching for food. Feeding wild birds has been a pastime for centuries for all nature lovers. The reward is sitting at the window sill, waiting for them to perch atop a birdhouse and find seeds scattered across the area. We forget that each living creature is just as important as the next organism in the food chain. There are simple acts we can do alone or as a community to convey a helping hand to our backyard neighbors.

You can create this Orange based bird feeder by using a fresh whole orange or by using the discards from making your own fresh squeezed orange juice.

While it is generally well known that Northern orioles feed on orange halves, it is less well known that Red-bellied and Red-headed woodpeckers are also attracted to them.

As with apple halves, simply push the orange halves onto nails that are partially driven into convenient logs, stumps, or the roofs of feeders.

For a child’s project adult supervision is strongly recommended.

Supplies

1 fresh orange

Knife

Thin stick, such as a kabob skewer or plastic stirrer

Strong cord

Directions

1. Cut an orange in half. You need only one half at a time.

2. Decide on a good site, somewhere you can place the orange securely, so it doesn’t fall over.

3. Push a thin stick (or kabob skewer) through the center of the orange half. Ask an adult for help when using sharp objects.

4. Place the stick against a thick branch, fence, post, or railing to form a “t” or cross shape.

5. Use a strong cord to tie the stick to the branch or railing. Wrap the cord around the cross shape, back and forth, making an X shape. You may have to wrap the cord around several times. Another option is to use the cord alone to tie the orange half, cut side up, to a flat railing or sturdy branch. Make sure that the orange is securely fastened, so that if an oriole lands on it, it won’t slip downward.

If you are looking for the perfect wholesome gift for a 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.

Presented By:
Sunburst Oranges
180 South “E” Street
Porterville, CA  93257
559-561-3391

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Sunburst Oranges: Creamy Orange Cake Recipe

Are you looking for a special springtime dessert that brings a very fresh taste of fruit to your friends and family? This one is it.

Ingredients

1 package (2-layer size) yellow cake mix
1-1/2 8 ounce tubs COOL WHIP Whipped Topping, thawed, divided
 1 navel orange; divided, grated peel and juice 
4 ounces (1/2 of 8-oz. package) softened PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese 
2 tablespoon powdered sugar

Directions

Prepare the cake batter and bake as directed on package for two 9-inch round cake pans, substituting 1-1/2 cups of the whipped topping for the oil and stirring orange zest into the batter before pouring into prepared pans. 

Cool cake layers in pans for 10 minutes; invert onto wire racks. Carefully remove pans; Allow cakes to cool completely.

Beat cream cheese, orange juice and powdered sugar in small bowl with electric mixer until well blended. Stir in the remaining whipped topping.

Fill and frost cake layers with the cream cheese frosting. 

Store in refrigerator.

Size-wise 
Serve this delightful orange cake at your next spring or summer celebration.

Alternate Pan
Cake can be baked in 13x9-inch baking pan instead. Cool 10 min. before inverting onto wire rack; cool completely. Transfer to serving platter. Spread top and sides of cake with the cream cheese frosting.

Extra Touches
Garnish with navel orange sections and fresh mint leaves.

If you are looking for the perfect wholesome gift for a 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.

Presented By:
Sunburst Oranges
180 South “E” Street
Porterville, CA  93257
559-561-3391

Monday, April 20, 2015

Orange Juice’s Futures Are Rising… Is That Good News?

Orange juice futures officially entered a bull market a few days ago after a three-day rally sent the price for May delivery surging more than 20% to $1.2795 per pound. 

That was the biggest three-day rise in price in the last 16 years, and a sign that investors believe the price of orange juice will increase dramatically in coming months.

Bad news generally means that the price of any commodity will rise and the drought California has been no exception.

The futures market is a centralized marketplace for buyers and sellers from around the world who meet and enter into futures contracts. Pricing can be based on an open cry system, or bids and offers can be matched electronically. The futures contract will state the price that will be paid and the date of delivery. But don't worry, almost all futures contracts end without the actual physical delivery of the commodity.

The whopping increase in futures prices says little about future demand for OJ, though, and plenty about the troubles that lie ahead for its producers. Americans now drink less orange juice than at any time in the past 13 years, and the driving force behind the recent surge in orange juice futures has been te poor weather conditions. Current predictions for rainfall in California continues to be bleak for both near and long term.

Orange Juice   OJT15(May'15)  144.80s  +1.28  144.80  146.20  144.20

The US’s citrus regions have suffered from a lack of rain in the past month and another two weeks of dry conditions are expected. Combine that with the nasty citrus-greening disease that has been going around, and you have the perfect conditions for a spike in the price of orange juice futures. This year’s crop is set to be the smallest in over 40 years.

The orange juice industry faces a difficult choice: companies can raise the price of their orange juice to reflect the increased price of oranges, or swallow the difference, and expect lower profits.

Orange juice’s popularity is already waning because of dietary trends that stigmatize sugar. Aside from the drink’s generous helpings of vitamin C, a glass of orange juice contains a healthy dose of natural sugar as well and work habits that mean some Americans are foregoing breakfast entirely.

Raising prices at this stage doesn’t sound like the best plan for a successful move. The result may be a lowered demand from retail buyers.

If you are looking for the perfect wholesome gift for a 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.

Presented By:
Sunburst Oranges
180 South “E” Street
Porterville, CA  93257
559-561-3391

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Sunburst Oranges Has Three Great Foods For Stress Eating

When your work deadlines are piling up and your social calendar is booked, the last thing you want to hear is to steer clear of the vending machine. Who has time for healthy eating? 

When it comes to offsetting your stress levels, what you eat may actually help relieve their tension. Indeed, some foods may help stabilize blood sugar or, better yet, your emotional response. Here, are three foods from Sunburst Oranges to reach for when you've just about had enough of work and your boss.

Dark Chocolate
Calling all chocoholics: a regular healthy indulgence (just a bite, not a whole bar!) of dark chocolate might have the power to regulate your stress levels. Research has shown that dark chocolate can reduce your stress hormones, including cortisol. Also, the antioxidants in cocoa trigger the walls of your blood vessels to relax, lowering blood pressure and improving circulation. And finally, dark chocolate contains unique natural substances that create a sense of euphoria similar to the feeling of being in love! Go for varieties that contain at least 70% cocoa.

Cashews
One ounce of these tasty nut pack 11 percent of the daily recommended value of zinc, an essential mineral that has been shown to help reduce anxiety. When researchers gave zinc supplements to people who were diagnosed with both anxiety symptoms (irritability, lack of ability to concentrate) and deficient zinc levels over a course of eight weeks, the patients saw a 31 percent decrease in anxiety, according to Nutrition and Metabolic Insights.
This is likely because zinc affects the levels of a nerve chemical that influences mood. If you're already getting enough zinc, then it may not help your mood to chow down on
cashews (or other zinc-rich foods like oysters, beef, chicken, and yogurt). But, cashews are also rich in omega-3s and protein, so they're a smart snack no matter what.


Pistachios
When you have an ongoing loop of negative thoughts playing in your mind, doing something repetitive with your hands may help silence your inner monologue. Think knitting or kneading bread—or even shelling nuts like pistachios or peanuts. The rhythmic moves will help you relax. Plus, the added step of cracking open their shells slows down your eating, making pistachios a diet-friendly snack. What's more, pistachios have heart-health benefits. Eating pistachios may reduce acute stress by lowering blood pressure and heart rate. Pistachios contain key phytonutrients that may provide antioxidant support for your heart and circulatory wellbeing.

All three of these and many more tasty varieties are conveniently available on our website at: http://sunburstoranges.com

If you are looking for the perfect wholesome gift for a 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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Sunburst Oranges
180 South “E” Street
Porterville, CA  93257
559-561-3391

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Sunburst Oranges Presents Orange Color Accents In Home Decor

A word you hear when it comes to home d├ęcor is “Pop”.  You want an item, feature or wall to, Pop! Some folks refer to needing a focal point or contrast feature.

Decorating a space in terms of color is as easy as 60-30-10. Don't believe me? Take a look at some rooms in magazines or in a designers' portfolio. You'll notice that the rooms you like the most are almost invariably divided into percentages of 60-30-10. Why this works is anybody's guess. Perhaps it is the human tendency to see an overall theme in the 60 percent hue, unifying the coloration. The 30 percent provides visual interest and the 10 percent, not unlike jewelry, provides that little spark of sparkle.
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So, when decorating a particular room, divide the colors into percentages:
60% of a dominant color
30% of a secondary color
10% of an accent color

The accent color can be a wall or part of the furniture or items displayed in your room or even a wash of light and color play from windows and dividers.

Although finding the right color home accessories might be a breeze, figuring out what to do with them after you've brought them home might be a bit of a challenge. To ensure your home is filled with personality and style, we've gathered a collection of our best tips and tricks to teach you how to arrange wall art, choose accent pillows, showcase collections, and more. Whether your style is romantic and dramatic or simple and sophisticated, our ideas are sure to inspire your next decorating update. 

First, browse through our accessorizing basics to learn everything from how to choose a light fixture to how to decorate with mirrors to how to choose the right color or pattern throw pillows. You can also learn the art of displaying treasured valuables and collections to ensure your home stays filled with pieces that echo your life and your interests. 

No collection? No problem. You can start one and learn the basics of working a collection that's uniquely "you." You can gather a collection of affordable, yet trendy, home accents that are sure to bring new life to existing decor and add freshness and color to any space in your home.

Consider your location and the amount of light you have as well. Bright, hot colors work well in warm, sunny climes, where the sun diminishes their intensity. But they may not look as good in grayer northern climes.

If you are looking for the perfect wholesome gift for a 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.

Presented By:
Sunburst Oranges
180 South “E” Street
Porterville, CA  93257
559-561-3391

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Takeout Cashew Pork with Orange Sauce and Scallion Rice

Do you want to make your favorite pork dish at home? Here is a great tasty recipe for you to try.  Makes four servings, quick and easy.

Ingredients

2 cups chicken stock
2 tablespoons canola high-temperature cooking oil
1 cup uncooked white rice
1 small bunch scallions, thinly sliced on an angle
6 thin pork loin chops (cut into strips)
1 head of broccoli
Real Salt (to taste)
1 1/2 inches fresh gingerroot, peeled and finely chopped or grated
2 to 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
3 tablespoons soy sauce
1/3 cup orange marmalade
1/2 cup cashews



Directions

In a sauce pot, heat 1 1/2 cups of the stock and 1 tablespoon of the vegetable oil. Bring to a boil and stir in the rice. Lower the heat and bring to a bubble, cover, and simmer until the rice is tender, about 18 minutes. Fluff with a fork and add the scallions.

Meanwhile, thinly slice the pork.

Trim the broccoli and cut into 2-inch pieces or florets. Bring 2 inches of water to a boil in a shallow pot or deep skillet over medium heat. Salt the water and cook the florets until tender-crisp, about 3 to 4 minutes. Drain.

Heat a large skillet over high heat while the broccoli cooks. Add 1/2 tablespoon of the oil and when it begins to smoke or ripple, add the pork and brown it for 5 to 6 minutes, turning once, then transfer it to a plate. Add the remaining 1/2 tablespoon of oil to the pan, stir in the ginger and garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add the tamari, the marmalade, and the remaining 1/2 cup of chicken stock. Slide the pork, broccoli, and cashews into the pan and stir to combine with the sauce. Simmer for another 1 to 2 minutes.

Scoop the pork mixture into serving dishes, top with a scoop of rice, and serve.

Preparation Time: 25 minutes Cooking Time: 30 minutes 

Yes, you can get the cashews and orange marmalade fresh and direct from Sunburst Oranges.

If you are looking for the perfect wholesome and healthy 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.

Presented By:
Sunburst Oranges
180 South “E” Street
Porterville, CA  93257
559-561-3391

Monday, April 13, 2015

Nine Health Benefits of Oranges

There are many more than just none health benefits that come from drinking orange juice and eating whole oranges. Here is a list of some that you might find very interesting.

Reduces Risk of Liver Cancer 
According to two studies in Japan eating mandarin oranges reduces liver cancer. This is thought to be due in part to vitamin A compounds known as carotenoids.



Helps Lower Bad Cholesterol
Since they’re full of soluble fiber, oranges are helpful in lowering cholesterol.

Improves Heart Health
Oranges are full of potassium, an electrolyte mineral is responsible for helping the heart function well. When potassium levels get too low, you may develop an abnormal heart rhythm, known as an arrhythmia.

Lowers Risk of Disease
Oranges are full of vitamin C which protects cells by neutralizing free radicals. Free radicals cause chronic diseases, like cancer and heart disease.

Fights Against Viral Infections 
Studies show that the abundance of polyphenols in oranges protects against viral infections.

Improves Bowel Regularity
Oranges are full of dietary fiber which stimulates digestive secretions and relieves constipation.

Helps Maintain Good Vision
Vitamin A in oranges helps keep mucus membranes in the eyes healthy. Available in the form of carotenoid compounds like lutein, beta carotene and zeaxanthin, vitamin A is protective against age-related macular degeneration, a vision-related condition that causes blindness.

Reduces Cancer Risk
Oranges are rich in citrus limonoids, proven to help fight a number of varieties of cancer including that of the skin, lung, breast, stomach and colon.

Helps Keep Kidneys Healthy
Drinking orange juice regularly prevents kidney diseases and reduces the risk of kidney stones.

Note: Drink fruit juice in moderate amounts. The high sugar content of fruit juices can increase the chance of tooth decay and the high acid content can affect your tooth enamel if consumed in excessive amounts.

If you are looking for the perfect wholesome gift for a 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.

Presented By:
Sunburst Oranges
180 South “E” Street
Porterville, CA  93257
559-561-3391

Friday, April 10, 2015

Sunburst Oranges Can Bring Happy Customers and Satisfied Employees

Happy employees mean higher productivity. Yes, It really is that simple.


Employees are your most valuable resource. Is it about time to give ‘em some motivation. For every bright idea, money saving recommendation, or act of selflessness done in betterment of your company the employees should be rewarded. Use rewards to promote a culture of increased employee engagement and recognition.

If rewards work for employees think how they can affect customer retention.  The size of your customer account can give you a profitable guide to the size of their reward.

Sunburst can give you a very different type of reward from the typical gift that other companies may be giving out.

We are all familiar with the old adage that the best way to a man’s heart is through his stomach applies to people everywhere.

Yes, food is one of the ways you can show someone (like your customers and employees) that you care for them. But is food the only way to a man’s heart? 

Or does it simply make the man notice her? Does food have the power to decide the future course of a relationship? How could food be the only deciding factor? It is one of them, maybe. But obviously, a man has to like so many other things in a woman before he falls in love with her.

If for a moment I believe that this archaic adage is true for a moment, does it mean that the day the meal is not up to the mark, the man will shun the provider? 

If this was indeed true, then all men would only want to marry women who are chefs. And when a man goes to meet a girl for the first time, instead of asking her “Tell me a little about yourself,” or “What are some of your likes and dislikes?” he will produce a long list of dishes he wants his prospective bride to prepare. Maybe a reality show will spring out of it: Cook for a Husband, where prospective brides will cook for a man in a series of culinary tests and the winner gets to marry the guy and continue to cook for him the rest of his life.

But, a gift that comes from your company that is delicious will be appreciated by your customer and employee alike. Sunburst Oranges has all the great items that will be a gift that will keep you top of mind.

"Love is a fruit in season at all times, and within reach of every hand."
  ~ Mother Teresa

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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Sunburst Oranges Presents Oranges and Other Fruits In Artwork

Still Life is one major category of art that has been with us for millennia. It has been represented in both paintings and sculpture. Nearly every renowned artist has done a still life as part of their body of work or as part of their education. A definition of still lifes is: A still life (plural still lifes) is a work of art depicting mostly inanimate subject matter, typically commonplace objects which may be either natural (food (like oranges), flowers, dead animals, plants, rocks, or shells) or man-made objects (drinking glasses, books, vases, jewelry, coins, pipes, and so on).



As you may know many artist (like Paul Cezanne and Vincent Van Gogh) have used fruit as part of their elements that make up a still life.  And as our title says many times they have made use of oranges.

So can we ask why?


Well it may show that oranges were abundant over a wide range of locations so the fruit was available. It also works out that the colorful nature of the orange helped compose a vibrant image. And perhaps last but not least was that the pigments to make up the orange color in the image was an available ingredient, as many artist of the past needed to also make their own paints.

If we think along the lines of a starving young artist we can also keep in mind that the oranges keep for a good length of time and after being used in the image they could also be eaten. Few elements in a still life could offer so many advantages.

As part of a training exercise the spherical shape of the orange allows a range of shades in both the body of the fruit and in its shadow play across the canvas. 

We must take a moment to say that not only are oranges used, but other citrus (like lemons) have been used in the still life category of art. We must add that apples make up a large part of items used in still lifes.


Even after the transition to creation of photographic images the orange as the subject matter in still life art continues. The colorful nature of the subject and the transition of shadow play is a consistent theme.  Early on the images were only in black and white so in that case it was a study of tones and shadows that were part of the artistic exercise.

We would rather eat an orange that just create the image.  With such a complex and wonderful taste who can blame us.

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Recovering Oil From Utah Using Orange Peels

Eastern Utah has the largest oil sands formation in the U.S. as well as extensive oil shale rock resources. This is unlike the shale oil extracted from the Bakken formation near the North Dakota and Saskatchewan border. The Utah deposits have never been economically viable, but a combination of advances in technology and higher crude prices has led to several new proposals for open pit mines in and around the Uinta Basin.



Among the most aggressive proponents are Calgary based US Oil Sands Inc and Enefit American Oil, the U.S. unit of Estonia’s state-run utility. But both companies’ projects have triggered fierce opposition from environmental groups and a healthy dose of skepticism from critics who doubt their viability.

US Oil Sands, which raised $80 million in financing in Canada this fall, expects to produce up to 10,000 barrels per day using a citrus-based (orange peels) solvent to separate heavy oil embedded in sand. Solvents are something of a holy grail because they hold the promise of dramatically reducing the amount of hot water currently needed to melt away oil from sand. But they’re still an unproven technology and even the world’s largest oil sands producers have yet to adopt them widely. These have attracted more local opposition than traditional oil drilling because they rely on open pit surface mines that are anathema to conservationists.

In northern Alberta’s much larger oil sands, for example, Cenovus Energy Inc. doesn’t plan to start test production with the first regulator-approved solvent-aided process until 2017. But officials at venture US Oil Sands are convinced they’ve come up with an environmentally-inert solvent derived from orange peels that will allow it to start producing in early 2015.

Some company’s backers initially planned to start producing as far back as 2006, but have hit a number of financing and regulatory snags along the way. Today, leases near Utah’s picturesque Book Cliffs are a flash point for environmentalists who have filed court appeals to null state approvals. 

Will a boom in oil production in Utah increase the state’s output to the highest level in 25 years? Will orange peel solvent give a lift to more exotic plays recovering petroleum trapped in sand and hard shale rock. Time and crude oil prices will be a big part of the answer to using orange peels to give oil independence back to the U.S.

Will the state of Utah open its arms because there is 20 or 30 billion barrels of resources that nobody’s figured out how to develop and yield a profit?

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Sunburst Oranges Presents Orange Rice Pilaf Recipe

This is a wonderful pilaf recipe. This is great served hot with lamb or poultry. The fresh orange adds a wonderful accent to the flavor profile.

Orange Rice Pilaf

Preparation time 15 minutes - Cooking time 35 minutes

Ingredients 

1⁄4 cup butter
1⁄2 cup chopped celery
1⁄4 cup chopped green onion
1 cup raw long-grain rice
1 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
1 teaspoon Real Salt
1 fresh Sunburst orange, peeled and cut into small pieces
1⁄4 cup slivered almonds

Directions

In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, cook celery and green onions in butter until tender, but not brown. About 4 to 5 minutes.

Add the rice and brown lightly, stirring frequently, for another 4 to 5 minutes.

Add orange juice, salt and 1 cup water, heat to boiling.

Cover and reduce heat, simmering the rice for 25 minutes until it is tender and the liquid is absorbed.

Gently stir in the orange pieces and almonds.

Nutrition

1 serving (3/4 cup) equals 166 calories, 8 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 20 mg cholesterol, 293 mg sodium, 22 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.

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Monday, April 6, 2015

Sunburst Oranges Looks At Mandarin Orange Health Benefits

Eating Mandarin Oranges significantly help prevent liver cancer due to their natural properties.  That is quite a headline.  But it seems that studies show that it is an accurate statement.

Two studies in Japan have found that eating mandarin oranges significantly reduces the risk of liver cancer. The protective effect may be due in part to vitamin A compounds known as carotenoids, which give mandarin oranges their color. 

Image by Joe Ravi CC-BY-SA 3.0
Researchers at the National Institute of Fruit Tree Science surveyed 1,073 people in the Japanese town of Mikkabi, in Shizuoka, where mandarin orange consumption is high. Chemical markers found in the blood of the Mikkabi residents were linked to a lower risk of liver disease, hardened arteries and insulin resistance. 

A separate study conducted by scientists at Kyoto Prefuctural University of Medicine studied 75 patients with viral hepatitis and found that the group of 30 that drank mandarin orange juice for a year had no liver cancer. The disease was found in nearly 9 percent of the 45 not drinking Mandarin orange juice. 

"Mandarin oranges contain potent medicine," said Mike Adams, a holistic nutritionist and author of The Seven Laws of Nutrition. "Liver cancer is only one of many diseases that mandarin oranges help prevent and even reverse," he said. "Nature has provided us with the best medicines in the world, but as consumers, we have to be wise enough to recognize these gifts and take action to benefit from them. That means eating and drinking multiple servings of fresh, unprocessed fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds on a daily basis." 

The Kyoto researchers admitted more work was needed and announced their plan to continue the study for five years. 

Cathy Ross, a cardiac nurse at the British Heart Foundation, felt the studies underlined the influence on fruits and vegetables on health. "This research appears to support the BHF recommendation of eating at least five portions of fruit and vegetables a day, to help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease," she said. "Different colored fruit and vegetables contain different vitamins and minerals, so the more types of fruit and vegetables you can include in your diet the better."

Just to be fair Beta Carotene is a carotenoid compound responsible for giving fruits and vegetables their color properties.  Part of why the saying “Eat a colorful plate.” has special meanings.

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Friday, April 3, 2015

Sunburst Oranges Observes Good Firday

Good Friday is a holiday mostly celebrated in many Christian Churches. It is a religious holiday commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary. The holiday is observed during Holy Week as part of the Paschal Triduum on the Friday preceding Easter Sunday, and may coincide with the Jewish observance of Passover.

The Gospels tell us that Jesus died on Passover, a feast Jewish law fixes to the fifteenth day of the month of Nisan. We know this was a Friday, as it was the day before the Sabbath (Mark 15:42). 

This is noteworthy, because, biblically speaking, it’s just about the only precise date the New Testament gives us. Sure, we can calculate Easter, the Ascension, and Pentecost, but these are all ultimately pegged to the death of Christ on Good Friday. So when early Christians wanted to mark an annual holiday celebrating the central truths of their faith — the suffering and glory of their risen Lord, they actually knew what day to do it on. It’s not an invented date, nor is it determined in accommodation to agricultural or pagan festivals.

Because the sacrifice of Jesus through his crucifixion is commemorated on this day, the Divine Liturgy (the sacrifice of bread and wine) is never celebrated on Good Friday, except when this day coincides with the Great Feast of the Annunciation, which falls on the fixed date of 25 March (for those churches which follow the traditional Julian Calendar, 25 March currently falls on 7 April of the modern Gregorian Calendar). Also on Good Friday, the clergy no longer wear the purple or red that is customary throughout Lent, but instead don black vestments. 


The faithful revisit the events of the day through public reading of specific Psalms and the Gospels, and singing hymns about Christ's death. Rich visual imagery and symbolism as well as stirring hymnody are remarkable elements of these observances. In the Orthodox understanding, the events of Holy Week are not simply an annual commemoration of past events, but the faithful actually participate in the death and resurrection of Jesus.

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Thursday, April 2, 2015

Sunburst Oranges Talks About The Health Benefits Of Fiber

Of course you know that eating a delicious orange provides you with a great source of fiber. You know that fiber is good for you, but do you know why? Four key benefits that come from eating a diet rich in fiber.



Fiber slows the rate that sugar is absorbed into the bloodstream. When you eat foods high in fiber, such as beans and whole grains, the sugar in those foods is absorbed slower, which keeps your blood glucose levels from rising too fast. This is good for you because spikes in glucose fall rapidly, which can make you feel hungry soon after eating and lead to overeating.

Fiber makes your intestines move faster. When you eat whole grains rich in insoluble fiber, it moves faster through your intestines, which can help signal that you are full.

Fiber cleans your colon, acting like a scrub brush. The scrub-brush effect of fiber helps clean out bacteria and other buildup in your intestines, and reduces your risk for colon cancer.

Fiber helps keep you regular. A high-fiber diet helps you have soft, regular bowel movements, reducing constipation.

Dietary fiber, also known as roughage or bulk, includes all parts of plant foods that your body can't digest or absorb. Unlike other food components, such as fats, proteins or carbohydrates — which your body breaks down and absorbs — fiber isn't digested by your body. Instead, it passes relatively intact through your stomach, small intestine, colon and out of your body.

Soluble fiber may also help lower total blood cholesterol levels by lowering low-density lipoprotein, or "bad," cholesterol levels. Studies also have shown that fiber may have other heart-health benefits, such as reducing blood pressure and inflammation.

Fiber helps control blood sugar levels. In people with diabetes, fiber — particularly soluble fiber — can slow the absorption of sugar and help improve blood sugar levels. A healthy diet that includes insoluble fiber may also reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Fiber aids in achieving healthy weight. High-fiber foods generally require more chewing time, which gives your body time to register when you're no longer hungry, so you're less likely to overeat. Also, a high-fiber diet tends to make a meal feel larger and linger longer, so you stay full for a greater amount of time. And high-fiber diets also tend to be less "energy dense," which means they have fewer calories for the same volume of food.

So enjoy more whole fresh oranges as part of your meals or as a quick energy boosting afternoon or after school snack.

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