We all know by now that oranges are very beneficial for your health. But like all fruits and vegetables the fresher they are the better they are. While every different kind of fruit or vegetable loses nutrients at a different rate the one thing that is universal that they do loses freshness and some health benefits as they sit on the shelf.
Oranges do travel well. But, the fresher they are the more total nutrients they have. When an orange is picked everything stops, unlike something they don’t continue to ripen as they sit waiting to be purchased.
The shelf life of oranges, like most other fresh fruit or fresh vegetables is variable because most have no sell by date, use by date, or best before date. Since there is no printed date and it's difficult to tell how long the fruit has been on the grocery shelf prior to purchase, the only date you can go by is the purchased date or date picked (if you are lucky enough to pick your own fresh fruit). There are two main varieties of oranges; Navel which are best for eating, and Valencia which are best for juice. Because of their relatively low cost, long shelf life, easy portability and extremely high concentration of antioxidants, vitamin C and fiber oranges are one of the most popular fruits around. So, how long do oranges last?
Although not a perfect test, your senses are usually the most reliable instruments to tell if your oranges have gone bad beyond the shelf life. Some common traits of bad oranges are a soft texture and some discoloration. The soft spot is moist and develops a mold, usually white in color at first. Bad oranges, just like bad orange juice and other fruit juices, will have a distinct sour smell and taste.
Practicing proper hygiene and food safety techniques will help prevent food borne illness.
In citrus fruits, limonin is present in the form of limonin glucoside, in which limonin is attached to a sugar (glucose) molecule. Our bodies easily digest this compound, cleaving off the sugar and releasing limonin.
Limonin's bioavailability and persistence may help explain why citrus limonoids are potent anti-carcinogens that may continuously prevent cancerous cells from proliferating. Other natural anti-carcinogens are available for much less time; for example, the phenols in green tea and chocolate remain active in the body for just 4 to 6 hours.
These compounds are some of the first to degrade as your oranges age. You can be sure of the freshness by ordering your oranges from Sunburst Oranges.
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