Thursday, May 28, 2015

Oranges In the News: Wine Made From Oranges

Here is a news item that is very different. Wine is no longer exclusively a product made from crushed grapes, and now Valencian oranges and clementine mandarins have become the basis for Tarongino, the first orange wine on the market. 

With the experience of five generations devoted to orange cultivation, the three brothers of Naranjas Che, with fields in the Valencian town of Sagunto, exported organically grown oranges sold on-line, but wanted to create a new product.

They then discovered that in South America white wine is flavored with fruits such as mango or passion fruit, but they wanted to "give it added value" and thought, "if you can make wine from grape juice, why not do the same with citrus?" Despite the importance of oranges for Valencia, "nobody had ever thought about turning them into wine," so the brothers decided to embark on the adventure by partnering with a winemaker who knew "a lot about wine, but nothing about oranges," explains Antelo.

They signed an agreement with the Polytechnic University of Valencia and started conducting tests which, according to the director, at first yielded "undrinkable" results, because "it was necessary to adjust parameters such as sugar levels, fermentation temperature or time of harvesting, which are very different with oranges compared to grapes." The first version of the orange wine arrived in the summer of 2013, after a year of research based on "trial and error."

"People think it is a white wine with orange juice added or a distilled liquor, but Tarongino is orange wine; fermented juice using yeast," affirms Antelo. Grapes have found new competitors in oranges and mandarins, which give wines new colors and unusual flavors.

As pointed out by Antelo, "mandarin wine is drier and less sweet; it has a taste that lies between white wine and cider, but with a touch of fresh acidity."

Orange wine "has a sweet, intense flavor, because it is macerated with the peel" and Sanguine (blood orange) wine, "has a pink tone and a flavor reminiscent of berries, as this orange variety shares many components with it."

This family project, which was self-financed with $450,000, has already been successfully released in multiple national fairs and has even started being exported. It has been particularly well received by younger consumers, who drink it as an accompaniment to appetizers and salads, but also with desserts, since its fruity flavor combines well with sweet dishes, according to the company. 

The creators of Tarongino, in any case, will not stop innovating and plan to continue expanding the range. Antelo reveals they are already experimenting with grapefruit wine, which will have a bitter taste and start being marketed soon.

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, May 27, 2015

Off the Grid Advertising Billboard is Powered by Oranges

As our regular readers know we often feature the use of oranges in energy saving, ECO friendly or reuse-recycle ideas. We have run across a story that relates to a post we did months ago about getting a small amount of current from a single orange and lighting a small low output light bulb.

What they have done here takes that a real mega step forward.

DDB, a world-wide advertising agency that is part of the Omnicom Group Inc. company, specializes in cutting-edge creative experiences, has used the power of oranges for their latest Tropicana ad campaign. 

This campaign uses the product’s very ingredients to run the electricity for the billboard that advertises it, the French Tropicana ad reads “Energie Naturelle” (Natural Energy) and is lit in neon lighting. The alternative energy resource comes from an electrochemical reaction using the acid from the oranges as the catalyst.

The billboard’s transparent case, which is stacked high with hundreds of oranges, took three months to construct. Reminiscent of many high school chemistry experiment, the first step was to create a network of copper and zinc spikes to form a circuit board. The spikes act as fasteners, keeping the oranges in place vertically. The spikes also create the power – or more specifically, the oranges’ acidic electrochemical reaction with the copper and zinc spikes – making the billboard a giant self-sustaining power source.

The clever campaign’s billboard, being entirely off the grid, can be wheeled to any area, with or without electricity hook ups nearby. DDB accompanied it with a great video ad, which shows the scientific process (presumably with “scientists” played by cute actors) – from the first step of connecting two oranges with wires to a tiny bulb, to the construction of the final billboard. 

Orange-eating breaks were taken, of course. The advertisement is effective as it uses an actual science experiment, which proves the power that oranges possess to the consumer. The advertising message is that if an orange can power an eco-billboard, imagine the energy oranges can give your body!

The international advertising networks Doyle Dane Bernbach and Needham Harper merged their worldwide agency operations to become DDB Needham in 1986. At that same time the owners of Doyle Dane Bernbach, Needham Harper and BBDO merged their shareholdings to form the worldwide holding company Omnicom. In 1996, DDB Needham became known as DDB Worldwide.

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, May 26, 2015

Orange Slices With Cinnamon, Yogurt and Honey

Are you looking for a fresh, cool, tasty and healthy dessert or snack for the hot days ahead? We offer our Tuesday recipe that combines all these benefits. As a real bonus it is easy and quick to prepare for yourself or the whole family.

Four Servings

Ingredients

4 oranges

3 tablespoons honey

1 cinnamon stick

1 tablespoon orange flower water
A flavoring extract available at specialty foods section of some supermarkets.

3 tablespoons sliced almonds, lightly toasted
    
Thick Greek yogurt or sour cream (optional)

Directions

Using small sharp knife, cut off peel and white pith from oranges.

Thinly slice oranges into rounds.

Arrange orange slices in shallow bowl.

Combine honey, cinnamon stick, and orange flower water in heavy small saucepan.

Stir over low heat until mixture comes to simmer, about 2 minutes.

Pour hot syrup over oranges.

Cool before serving

(Can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover and chill.) Sprinkle almonds over oranges.

Serve cold or at room temperature, with a dollop of yogurt or sour cream on the side, if desired.

For an optional change you can add pineapple or banana slices or chunks.

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, May 25, 2015

Memorial Day

Sunburst Oranges remembers and honors those who have died in service to our country.


A quick look at the legacy of Memorial Day. General John Logan issued a special order that May 30, 1868 be observed as Decoration Day, the first Memorial Day, a day set aside “for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village, and hamlet church-yard in the land.”

At the time, the nation was reunited politically, but it remained culturally divided, and so did Memorial Day observations. In the North, the federal government created national cemeteries for men who died in the war, while state governments from New York to Michigan gradually made Decoration Day an official holiday throughout the 1870s. 

In the South, from April to June, women dressed in white and knelt beneath statues of fallen Confederate leaders; they told stories about the men who appeared in portraits lining the walls of many Southern homes. 

By the early 20th century, as Americans faced enemies abroad, many of the surviving Civil War veterans recognized their shared wartime history and reconciled their differences — turning Memorial Day into a national holiday.

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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180 South “E” Street
Porterville, CA  93257

559-561-3391

Friday, May 22, 2015

Oranges Juice By The Numbers

Orange juice is the liquid extract of the fruit of an orange tree.

Fresh-squeezed, unpasteurized juice is the closest to consuming the orange itself. This version of the juice consists of oranges that are squeezed and then bottled without having any additives or flavor packs inserted. The juice is not subjected to pasteurization. Fresh squeezed orange juice has a typical shelf life of 12 days.


A cup serving of raw, fresh orange juice, amounting to 248 grams or 8 ounces, has 124 mg of vitamin C (>100% RDI). It has 20.8 g of sugars and has 112 Calories. It also supplies potassium, thiamin, and folate.

Citrus juices contain flavonoids (especially in the pulp) that have health benefits. Orange juice is also a source of the antioxidant hesperidin. Because of its citric acid content, orange juice is acidic, with a typical pH of around 3.5.

A small fraction of fresh orange juice is canned. Canned orange juice retains Vitamin C much better than bottled juice. The canned product loses flavor, however, when stored at room temperature for more than 12 weeks. In the early years of canned orange juice, the acidity of the juice caused the juice to have a metallic taste. In 1931, Dr. Philip Phillips developed a flash pasteurization process that eliminated this problem and significantly increased the market for canned orange juice.

Common orange juice is made from the sweet orange. Different cultivars (e.g., Valencia, Hamlin) have different properties, and a producer may mix cultivar juices to get a desired taste. Orange juice usually varies between shades of orange and yellow, although some ruby red or blood orange varieties are a reddish-orange or even pinkish. This is due to different pigmentation in ruby red oranges.

The blood orange is a mutant of the sweet orange. Blood orange juice is popular in Italy, but may be hard to find elsewhere. The Mandarin orange and varieties clementine and tangerine, are good for juice, and are often used for sparkling juice drinks.

Recently, many brands of organic orange juices have become available on the market.

Global orange juice production for 2014/15 is forecast to be 1.8 million tons.

“World Juice Day” which coincides with the change of seasons (the date envisioned is May 30th each year), and consists in organizing in partnership with national and local authorities, fruit juice associations and fruit juice processors various activities such as promoting 100% fruit juices in school canteens, distributing free samples of fruit juices, and setting up outdoor attractions and performances.

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

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Sunburst Oranges: You Do Want Fresh Orange Juice

You have been walking in your local store and have seen the bottles of orange juice marked – Not From Concentrate, right? Did you know that it may have been up to one year ago that the oranges were actually squeezed?  The liquid has been stored in huge tanks.  Did you know that just before being shipped the supplier added what is called a “flavor pack” to restore a taste profile that the brand uses to “hook” you on their juice?

For the last 30 years, the citrus industry has used flavor packs to process what the Food and Drug Administration identifies as "pasteurized" orange juice. That includes top brands such as Tropicana, Minute Maid, Simply Orange and Florida Natural, among others. (Source ABC News)

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/orange-juice-moms-secret-ingredient-worries/story?id=15154617


At Sunburst Oranges we know how to make sure your family is drinking fresh orange juice. We offer our “Orange Juice Connoisseurs” program.

http://www.sunburstoranges.com/#!oranges-for-juicing/cphv

When you make your own orange juice you know what you are feeding your family. Here is our simple program to get you started.

• Pick Box Size
3 sizes to choose from:

• USPS Medium box of juice oranges – $23.35 delivered
(enough to make approximately 10 glasses of juice)

• USPS Large box of juice oranges – $34.50 delivered
(enough to make approximately 18 glasses of juice)

• FedEx Large box of juice oranges – $49.00 delivered
(enough to make approximately 30 glasses of juice)

• Pick Shipping Frequency
• One time • Every 2 weeks • Once per month
• Pick Shipping Period

Every 2 weeks - 15% discount
Once per month - 10% discount

Varieties of oranges will vary during different months of the year. Each box contains a variety description, origin, hints to achieving the best flavor profile for that particular variety as well as a standard guide to sanitation and storage to best protect and preserve your work.

Get the freshest Sunburst Orange Juice possible –

More OJ Information: http://www.sunburstoranges.com/#!oj-health-nutrition/c22si

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.

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

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Oranges Juice Canned, Bottled and Fresh

When you say orange juice what exactly do you mean?  Orange juice comes in many forms.

One thing we want to get out of the way in this first section.  We never say orange juice and mean an orange colored and sweetened water product with chemicals added. They are out there and should never be confused with real orange juice.

Fresh Squeezed

We must add that when we use the term orange juice we mean a fresh squeezed drink made from oranges with nothing added.

So getting that out of the way we want to talk about the three ways most people get there morning glass of orange juice.  As we just mentioned we are suggesting that it be made from fresh squeezed oranges. We know that we sell the very best ones on our website. sunburstoranges.com. If you can’t always have fresh squeezed what is the next best choice, frozen concentrate or bottled?

Frozen Concentrate

Orange juice as a mass-produced product grew out of attempts to supply vitamin C to soldiers stuck on the front line in WWII. From a health perspective OJ does contain useful amounts of antioxidants - but these rapidly deteriorate once the product is opened. Most types of orange juice, whether they are made from concentrate or not and whether they are chilled or not, are similar in terms of vitamin C and antioxidant content.

But of course this really misses the point. For those with no access to other better sources of vitamin C such as fresh fruits and vegetables, orange juice may well be an important source of such nutrients. But the fact remains that for someone on a good diet, processed orange juice is a nutritionally unnecessary and inferior way to get the fullest spectrum of vitamins and antioxidants.

Most orange juice manufacturers would have you believe that OJ is purity in a glass; a simple, natural, single-ingredient product.

But behind this image of purity is a product that is heavily processed and engineered. If it's made from concentrate, the juice goes through a process where all the water is removed - and with it much of the flavor. In the case of 'not from concentrate' juice, the liquid is pasteurized and 'deaerated' so it doesn't oxidise. It's then put in huge storage tanks where it can be kept for upwards of a year.

This process also strips the natural flavors from the juice. When the juice is ready for packaging, companies add chemical 'flavor packs' consisting of orange oils and flavorings to make it taste fresh again. The flavors they add are designed to meet local taste expectations; thus OJ in California might taste completely different from that in Spain or the UK.

The end product may taste fine, but to call it 'natural' is probably stretching credibility.

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, May 19, 2015

Oranges Juice Should Be Used All Day

We know that orange juice is both good for you and tastes great so why use it only at breakfast time. 100% orange juice dishes out worthwhile vitamins and minerals (and also contains zero saturated fat, cholesterol, sodium or added sugar). 

Some nutritional highlights: Orange juice is crammed with vitamin C, an important antioxidant that helps support a healthy immune system, along with potassium, which plays an important role in muscle function and may help reduce the risk of high blood pressure and stroke. The juice also delivers folate, essential for healthy red blood cells, and vitamin B6, which helps the body process energy from food.

Here are 10 ways to wake up your fresh squeezed orange juice routine, and not just for breakfast.

1. Marinades: Instead of traditional wine or vinegar-based marinades, try OJ; the acid tenderizes meat, fish, poultry and pork. Mix the juice with different seasonings, such as garlic, oregano, thyme, basil and pepper. For an Asian-style marinade, mix the juice with soy sauce, ginger, garlic, sesame oil and cilantro.

2. Salad Dressings and Vinaigrettes: Replace all but 1 tablespoon of oil with orange juice in your favorite dressing and vinaigrette recipes (and don’t forget to add grated orange peel, too).

3. Rice Flavoring: You could use diluted OJ to cook rice and then add some other goodies to the rice (coconut, nuts, craisins, scallions, etc.).

4. Smoothies: Create dairy-free smoothies by combining fresh fruit (strawberries, bananas, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries) with orange juice instead of milk or yogurt.

5. Ice Cubes: Make flavorful ice by filling ice cube trays with orange juice instead of water. Add the cubes to sangria, fruit punch or hot or cold tea. Bonus: You can use the cubes in your favorite fruit smoothies without diluting the puree.

6. Sauces: Use orange juice to deglaze pans that you’ve used to pan-sear chicken, pork, seafood, shellfish and steak. The juice picks up the browned bits from the bottom of the pan and creates a fabulous braising liquid.

7. Fruit Toppings: Combine sliced strawberries and orange juice and let sit for 30 minutes (or overnight in the fridge). Spoon berries and juice over sliced angel food cake, frozen yogurt, pancakes and waffles.

8. Ice Pops: Make frozen treats sans added sugar and preservatives; simply pour the juice into your favorite freezer-pop molds. For a creamy version, combine equal parts orange juice and vanilla yogurt. (For a very berry top, add berries to the bottom of the molds before adding juice.)

9. Citrus Glaze: Combine confectioners’ sugar and orange juice (instead of milk or water) and whisk until smooth. Drizzle over your favorite quick breads, muffins, angel food cake and challah bread.

10. Not-Beer-Can Chicken: Instead of using a can of beer, insert a can of OJ into the cavity of the chicken before cooking on the grill. The orange juice flavors the entire chicken because, as the juice heats up, it creates a citrus steam that permeates the chicken from the inside out.

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, May 18, 2015

Oranges Juice Improves Memory

Research shows; Two glasses of orange juice daily 'boosts elderly brainpower': Significant improvements can be seen in less than two months. I would call that real good news.

Scientists put the results down to chemicals called flavonoids – natural substances which occur in high levels in oranges.

Flavonoids are said to improve memory through the activation of signalling pathways in the hippocampus, a part of the brain associated with learning and storing information.

A research team from Reading University asked 37 healthy volunteers to drink 500ml – around two glasses, or nearly a pint – of orange juice every day for eight weeks.

The participants, 24 women and 13 men aged 60 to 81, saw significant improvements in brain function. Their memory, reaction time and verbal fluency were measured at the beginning and end of the experiment, and each participant was given an overall score. Their marks improved by 8 per cent, a remarkable advance in less than two months.

The researchers said they do not necessarily recommend drinking an entire pint of orange juice every day but even incorporating a certain amount into our diets is a cheap and easy way to improve brain health. 

Study author Dr Daniel Lamport, from Reading's school of psychology, said: 'The population is ageing rapidly across the world. Estimates suggest that the number of people aged 60 or over could triple by 2100.

'It's therefore imperative that we explore simple, cost-effective ways to improve cognitive function in old age.'

Previous studies have highlighted the potential impact of flavonoids, but this is the first to examine the role of those found in oranges.

This strengthens the growing body of evidence that flavonoid-rich foodstuffs could play a big role in tackling cognition decline in old age.'

Dietitians have warned that drinking large quantities of orange juice could lead to weight gain as it contains high levels of sugar.

A recent study has shown that increased intake of vitamin C from orange juice has lead to a decrease in high blood pressure.

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, May 15, 2015

Lemonade Season Is Coming!

Lemonade Kit
Contains: Reed Family lemonade recipe, 6 Sunburst Lemons, a cutting board, hand squeezer and 1-16 oz. jar of Sunburst Orange Blossom honey w/wooden honey dipper.  $45.00

Lemonade Refill Bag
Contains 12 Sunburst Lemons (makes approx. 2 batches of Lemonade) $19.95

Lemon Garnish Bag
Contains: 6 Sunburst Lemons. Keep lemons on hand for your tea, gourmet foods or drinks. $10.95

"Sunburst Lemon Summer Special"
A box of lemons shipped directly to your home every two weeks. You will receive an email when it is time to re-order, 2 weeks after your first shipment. Contains approx. 24 lemons per box. $30.00

From lemonade to your favorite recipes, purchase lemons for any occasion just by selecting the amount you need by visit to http://sunburstoranges.com or calling 559-561-3391. You can also purchase them in bulk, with our "Sunburst Lemon Summer Special" and have them sent directly to your home every two weeks. 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

Thursday, May 14, 2015

First Trainload Of Oranges Leaves Los Angeles

Okay, Sunburst Oranges wants you to know that this is a real Throw Back Thursday as that headline about oranges is from the year 1886.

The Spanish had established Los Angeles, one of the oldest cities in the Far West, in 1781 to help colonize the region. For several decades, the city was the largest center of population in Mexican California. Mexican settlement and development of California, however, proceeded very slowly, and Los Angeles developed little real economic or political power during this period. By the time the U.S. took control of California in 1848, Los Angeles still only had just over 1,610 inhabitants. 

Destined to become one of the state’s major exports, the first trainload of oranges grown by southern California farmers leaves Los Angeles via the transcontinental railroad.

As Anglo-Americans began to assert their control over California, they gradually broke up the large Hispanic ranches and replaced them with a more diversified farming economy. With irrigation, southern California proved an ideal environment for growing many crops, particularly valuable fruits like oranges. During the 1870s and 1880s, state railroad lines linking Los Angeles into the new system of transcontinental railways created additional moneymaking opportunities. Settlers, tourists, and health seekers all boarded trains to travel to the Pacific, where the sunny climate and beautiful scenery promised a new and better life.

The healthful new California lifestyle became closely associated in the public mind with the sweet fruits that grew so abundantly in the orchards around Los Angeles. Taking advantage of the rapid transportation capabilities of the transcontinental lines, Los Angeles area orchard owners began shipping their oranges to the East in 1886. As the city grew, it subdivided many nearby orchards and pushed the orange growers out into regions like Orange County. There the orange growers steadily increased the size of their orchards to the point where local supplies of water for irrigation were inadequate. Determined to sustain their agricultural and real estate booms, Los Angeles residents undertook a massive program of hydraulic engineering in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Engineers took water from the distant mountains to transform the arid southern California ecosystem into a green agricultural and residential paradise.

The resulting growth was astonishing. In 1880, just before the first trainload of oranges departed, Los Angeles had 11,183 inhabitants. A decade later, the population had ballooned to 102,479. By 1920, there would be more than half a million residents. Los Angeles was already well on its way to becoming the largest urban center in the American West.

So does this mean that the explosive growth of California can be tied to the growing of oranges? That good tasting and good for you fruit gave California a bigger boost that the gold rush of 1849.

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, May 13, 2015

Sunburst Oranges Presents Fun Orange Facts

We bring up interesting facts about oranges and orange trees from time to time. We hope you find these facts as interesting as we do.

The very nature of citrus itself, an attractive evergreen plant with fruit that is both edible and medicinal, has generated much folklore in its long history as an ancient crop of human cultivation. 

Citrus has been known to keep away the ‘bad spirits’, stave off the ‘scurvy’, its oil protect against the ‘plague’, its flowers symbolize purity & fecundity, its wood ‘worth its weight in gold’. Citrus motifs have formed in sculptures, mosaics, embroidery, weaving, paintings, poems and songs throughout antiquity.

1. Oranges are fourth most popular fruit and orange juice is the most popular juice in the U.S.

2. The Florida oranges are greener than the California oranges. The warm night climate in Florida causes the chlorophyll pigments to migrate into the orange peel making it more greener.

3. It is possible for more than one plant to grow from a single seed of orange.

4. Orange fruit will never rot before it is plucked from the tree.

5. The ripe oranges that are unplucked from the trees, may turn from orange to green due to a process called re-greening. This effect does not hamper the taste and the oranges nutritional value.

6. Oranges contain more fiber than most fruits and vegetables.

7. In some countries oranges and orange blossoms are symbols of love.

8. More orange trees are killed by lighting than plant diseases.

9. Oranges were known as the fruits of the Gods. They were often referred as the ‘golden apples’ that Hercules stole.

10. There are over 35,000,000 orange trees in Spain.

Citrus trees grow into three basic wing-span” sizes: 

Potted citrus trees – grow to 6’ - 7’ tall with a 4’ - 6’ limb diameter and can produce 80-160 pieces of fruit per year when mature.

Dwarf citrus trees – grow to 8’ - 9’ tall with a 7’ - 8’ limb diameter and can produce 500-600 pieces of fruit.

Full size citrus trees – grow to 20’ - 30’ tall with a limb diameter of the same 20’ - 30’ and can produce an 800 pieces of fruit.

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, May 12, 2015

Lite Orange Sesame Chicken Recipe

We thought we would give this classic Asian dish a healthy makeover. All of the sweet orange chili glazed goodness with just a fraction of the calories.

Let’s face it, Asian restaurants have people lining up for Orange Sesame Chicken for a reason. Crispy chicken bites smothered in a sweet and tangy orange sauce, with a subtle chili kick is really very tempting. This lightened up version substitutes sauteed chicken for the traditional fried chicken, and keeps all the sweet tangy orange goodness. You’re family and friends will be lining up at your dining table for this healthy fast and flavorful meal.


Ready in 30 minutes.

Ingredients

1¼ lbs. skinless chicken breast ( approx.3-4 medium chicken breasts)
1 tablespoon olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
½ cup fresh squeezed orange juice
¼ cup honey
¼ cup ketchup
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
2 tablespoons corn starch
2 teaspoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon fresh orange zest
¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
toasted sesame seeds
sliced green onion
4 cups cooked white rice or to keep things lighter use over chopped cauliflower

Directions

Cut chicken breasts into 1 inch pieces, season with salt and pepper. Heat olive oil in a large saute or fry pan over medium- high heat. Add chicken and cook, stirring occasionally, until chicken is browned on the outside and nearly cooked.

While chicken is cooking, in a small bowl, whisk together orange juice, honey, ketchup, rice vinegar, corn starch, brown sugar, sesame oil, garlic, orange zest and red pepper flakes.
Add the sauce to the pan with the chicken. Let sauce come to a boil and continue to cook for an additional 2-3 min. until sauce is thickened. Remove from heat and serve immediately over white or brown rice.

Garnish with toasted sesame seeds and sliced green onion.

For an even lighter version of this meal, try serving chicken in lettuce cups instead of over rice, or cauliflower.

Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 serving (1/4 of recipe-chicken only) Calories: 297 Fat: 7.6 g Saturated fat: 1.4g Carbohydrates: 30.5g Sugar: 26.2 g Sodium: 222.9 g Fiber: .2g Protein: 26.1g Cholesterol: 70.2mg

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, May 11, 2015

Oranges Grown In The United States

Because oranges require a subtropical climate, 70% of the oranges grown in the United States are grown in Florida with California coming in second and Texas and Arizona bringing up the rear.

Second only to the total value of the grape crop, the orange is the second highest dollar value fruit crop in America and accounts for nearly 20% of all fruit revenues in this country.

Because all juices and fresh fruits in the U.S. are processed under the standards set up by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in order to maintain the standard of quality and efficiency, oranges are one of the most regulated commodities the framers of the United States produce.

Oranges are popular for their sweetness, taste and well-deserved reputation as a healthy food and juice. One glass of Orange Juice has all of the vitamin C the body needs for an entire day and the vitamin C also works as an antioxidant that fights free radicals that can damage healthy cells and increase the risk of diseases like cancer and heart disease.

Vitamin C can help boost the immune system and has been shown to reduce the frequency and duration of minor illnesses like colds, and it is also important to maintain healthy skin, teeth and gums. Oranges also contain other healthful nutrients like vitamin B9 and vitamin B6 along with potassium and magnesium too. Vitamin B9 is necessary for a healthy immune system and vitamin B6 helps organs make white blood cells and fight infections. The potassium and magnesium have been shown to lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke.

The orange (specifically, the sweet orange) is the fruit of the citrus species Citrus × sinensis in the family Rutaceae. The fruit of the Citrus × sinensis is considered a sweet orange, whereas the fruit of the Citrus × aurantium is considered a bitter orange.

The orange is a hybrid, between pomelo (Citrus maxima) and mandarin (Citrus reticulata). It has genes that are ~25% pomelo and ~75% mandarin; however, it is not a simple backcrossed BC1 hybrid, but hybridized over multiple generations. The chloroplast genes, and therefore the maternal line, seem to be pomelo.

The sweet orange has had its full genome sequenced,. Earlier estimates of the percentage of pomelo genes varying from ~50% to 6% have been reported.

The sweet orange reproduces asexually (apomixis through nucellar embryony); varieties of sweet orange arise through mutations.

Sweet oranges were mentioned in Chinese literature in 314 BC. As of 1987, orange trees were found to be the most cultivated fruit tree in the world. Orange trees are widely grown in tropical and subtropical climates for their sweet fruit. The fruit of the orange tree can be eaten fresh, or processed for its juice or fragrant peel. As of 2012, sweet oranges accounted for approximately 70% of citrus production. In 2010, 68.3 million metric tons of oranges were grown worldwide, production being particularly prevalent in Brazil, Florida and California.

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, May 8, 2015

Sunburst Oranges Wishes You A Very Happy Mother’s Day

A baby asked God, "They tell me you are sending me to earth tomorrow, but how am I going to live there being so small and helpless?"

"Your angel will be waiting for you and will take care of you."

The child further inquired, "But tell me, here in heaven I don't have to do anything but sing and smile to be happy."

God said, "Your angel will sing for you and will also smile for you. And you will feel your angel's love and be very happy."

Again the child asked, "And how am I going to be able to understand when people talk to me if I don't know the language?"

God said, "Your angel will tell you the most beautiful and sweet words you will ever hear, and with much patience and care, your angel will teach you how to speak."

"And what am I going to do when I want to talk to you?"

God said, "Your angel will place your hands together and will teach you how to pray."

"Who will protect me?"

God said, "Your angel will defend you even if it means risking it's life."

"But I will always be sad because I will not see you anymore."

God said, "Your angel will always talk to you about Me and will teach you the way to come back to Me, even though I will always be next to you."

At that moment there was much peace in Heaven, but voices from Earth could be heard and the child hurriedly asked, "God, if I am to leave now, please tell me my angel's name."

"You will simply call her, 'Mom.'"

~ author unknown

So on the second Sunday in May we take this time to celebrate Mother’s Day and our Mothers.

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, May 7, 2015

Oranges – Lemons - Limes – Grapefruit - Best Fruit For Your Family

Oranges, lemons, limes and grapefruit aren't just refreshing - they're also super-nutritious. One medium orange packs more than 100 percent of the recommended daily dose for vitamin C (and some research suggests organic citrus packs up to 17 percent more vitamin C than conventional).

Here are more healthy reasons to have a serving of citrus every day. Eating citrus can: Calm a cold. Loading up on citrus and vitamin C won't prevent colds, but high doses of C (400 to 500 mg) may shorten the duration and lessen the symptoms.

Protect your heart. Oranges, grapefruit, lemons and limes are rich sources of flavonoids. The predominant flavonoid in these fruits - hesperidin - is credited with boosting "good" HDL cholesterol and lowering "bad" LDL cholesterol and triglycerides.

Boost weight loss. Naturally packed with water and fiber, citrus will help you stay full and satisfied, but grapefruit may have a decided advantage, according to a 2006 Journal of Medicinal Food study.

When researchers put volunteers on an exercise plan for 12 weeks and asked them to eat either half a fresh grapefruit or drink apple juice and pop a placebo pill before each meal, the grapefruit group dropped an average of 3-1/2 pounds (compared to just 1/2 pound for the apple group).

Prevent cancer. Limon-oids, a special class of antioxidants in most citrus, may help guard against colon, lung, breast, skin and stomach cancer.

Help you reduce sodium. Both citrus and salt enhance flavors, so skip the salt and add a spritz of citrus juice instead to keep dishes lower in sodium.

An interesting side benefit from citrus is their clean fresh smell. Another wild way citrus messes with your mind: It could make you nicer. According to another Psychological Science study (with a similarly fun title: “The Smell of Virtue”), researchers found that people exposed to a citrus-scented space acted more charitable and more virtuous to others than people in an unscented room.

So the next time you need to convince yourself to finally take care of the bathroom or kitchen, peel an orange to get in the mood to scrub. Or try a citrus-scented diffuser for all-the-time inspiration. A clean house really can get you a clean conscience.

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, May 6, 2015

Does Using GMOs To Save Florida Oranges Make Good Sense?

It hasn't been a good year for Florida's citrus industry. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that, for the second year running, the orange crop is expected to be almost 10 percent lower than the previous year.



The culprit is citrus greening, a disease that has devastated Florida's oranges and grapefruits, and has now begun to spread in Texas.

Citrus greening poses a similar crisis for growers, but one for which so far, there is currently no solution.

It is hard to imagine Florida without commercial citrus. The psyllid, discovered eight years ago in Florida citrus groves, has been problematic for researchers and farmers alike. The disease is caused by a bacterium that's spread by a tiny flying insect called a psyllid. Greening ruins the fruit, making it bitter and unmarketable, and eventually kills the tree.

Scientists and growers now say virtually 100 percent of Florida's groves are infected with citrus greening. The bacterium that causes greening is hard to treat because it flourishes deep inside the tree, in its vascular system. Boyd says it disrupts the flow of the nutrients trees need to survive.

At the same time growers began an intensive campaign of pesticide spraying aimed at controlling psyllids. It's a short-term strategy aimed at keeping diseased trees productive as long as possible. And for now, it seems to be working.

Using genetic engineering, Gabriel has also helped develop greening-resistant citrus trees. They've been submitted to federal regulators but final approval is still at least five years away.

Scientists believe GMO citrus trees may be the best solution to greening. But as realists, scientists knows many consumers — and citrus growers — are still very leery about GMOs.

You can have the best cure in the world, and if people are afraid of it for whatever reason, well, you just have to wait some more years and meanwhile search for another cure.

But for Florida oranges and grapefruit, the clock is ticking. Citrus acreage is now nearly half of what it was during the industry's heyday. Back in the 1950s and '60s, the Florida Citrus Tower was one of the Orlando area's most important tourist attractions. You could go up and see thousands and thousands acres of trees.

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, May 5, 2015

Spring Salad with Strawberries and Creamy Orange-Avocado Dressing Recipe

Are you looking for a very healthy and nutritional salad to brighten up a meal this week consider this one. Spring Salad with Strawberries and Creamy Orange-Avocado Dressing. This seasonal salad calls on spring all-stars asparagus and strawberries for a satisfying salad. The blended avocado results in a smooth and creamy coating for the salad.


Ingredients: 

 3 roughly chopped green onions 

1/2 avocado, peeled and pitted 

1/2 cup fresh squeezed Orange juice 

1/8 teaspoon Real Salt sea salt 

1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper 

3 ounce package of spring greens

1 cup sliced fresh strawberries 

 1/2 pound asparagus, trimmed and sliced into strips with a vegetable peeler 

Directions: 

Puree green onions, avocado, fresh orange juice, Real Salt and pepper in a blender or food processor until smooth to make a dressing. 

In a large bowl, toss greens, strawberries and asparagus together. 

Transfer to plates, drizzle with half the dressing and serve. Extra dressing will keep about one day refrigerated.

Nutritional Information:

Per Serving:120 calories (35 from fat), 4g total fat, 0.5g saturated fat, 0mg cholesterol, 170mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (7g dietary fiber, 11g sugar), 4g protein

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