Thursday, March 31, 2016

Lemon Water The Exemplary Cancer Destroyer and Health Tonic

After the excesses of the holiday season, the unassuming lemon can offer much needed relief for an overtaxed body. Jammed packed with nutrients, this upbeat fruit is a cost-effective way to trim down, detoxify and boost vitality. Lemons also conceal a little known health secret - that is, by enjoying the entire fruit (juice, rind, pith and seeds), we can strongly discourage cancer, bone loss, hypertension and more.

Inexpensive Gateway To Health

Many are familiar with the famous lemon detox diet and have reaped the benefits of the protocol, such as glowing skin, better digestion and a slimmer body. However, few are aware that lemons are also an exceptionally potent treatment for thrush, parasites and calcium stones in the urinary tract.

A study in the International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology found lemon juice was more effective in healing oral thrush in HIV patients than the standard remedy of gentian violet. And researchers at Bakirkoy Research and Training Hospital in Istanbul, Turkey discovered lemons are a viable alternative to potassium citrate in the treatment of urinary calcium stones. Traditionally, lemon peel oil has been used to discourage intestinal parasites, while the vitamin C-rich juice and rind help to increase bone mineral density.

What's more, Dr. Chakravarty, chief science officer and member of the Hope4Cancer executive team, notes that lemons:

Regulate blood pressure
Treat acne
Alleviate depression, stress and anxiety
Possess antibacterial and antiviral properties

A recent study, Identification of Coumarins from Lemon Fruit (Citrus limon) as Inhibitors of in Vitro Tumor Promotion and Superoxide and Nitric Oxide Generation, had excellent indications of anti-cancer properties.

Before tossing the lemon peel once the juice has been extracted, consider this: the rind contains up to 10 times the vitamins and bioactive compounds of the juice itself. The peel also impedes tumor proliferation according to a study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. Likewise, research in the journal of Nutrition and Cancer found a striking reduction of squamous cell carcinoma in those who ingested citrus peel, compared to participants who only consumed the juice. The team believes these findings are due to the concentration of d-limonene oil in citrus fruit rinds - a known inhibitor of breast, lung and colon cancers.

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Honey Lemons Recipe

Are you looking for ways to use your spring crop of lemons? How about finding new ways to use  honeyed lemon slices and "lemoned" honey every day! You will love that you have raw honey on hand that already had lemon juice it.

Done right the process can take a few days, and a few shakes and a few pretty canning jars! And then you are on your way.

Alright, now let's honey a few lemons.

What You Will Need:

2-3 Sunburst Oranges lemons
Around 1 heaping cup of Sunburst Oranges honey
1 sterilized pint jar, ring and lid

Directions:

Thoroughly wash and dry the lemons. Now slice them thinly, like you were going to put them into your ice water, or tea (because that's what you'll do in a few days!) Next you will carefully remove any seeds you find and dispose.

Carefully take your honey and pour a little bit in the bottom of your pint sized jar and then add a few lemon slices and then some more honey...then a few more lemon slices, and continue until your jar is full. Place lid and ring on the jar and give it a good shake. I mean a really good shake. Then set it in the fridge. And walk away, until the next day, when you will again shake it up again. You want to make sure each lemon slice gets good and soaked in the honey.

Allow your honeyed lemons to sit in the fridge for at least two days. After two days, go ahead and give the honey a taste. If you want it to be a bit more lemon tasting, put the lid back on, shake it vigorously and place in the fridge for another day. But be careful, you do not want your lemons to be in the honey longer than three days. After three days the lemon rinds start affecting the taste of the honey adversely. To say it another way: it will get bitter! blah! We don't want that. Our advice is to let lemon slices sit in the honey for 2 days and then remove. 

Carefully remove the honeyed lemons and set them on a plate. Cut into halves or quarters and freeze. Reserve the honey in the pint sized jar and place back in fridge.  You can use your lemon slices and honey for so many different things. Some of our favorite way to use them is in hot tea, as a topping on our breakfast yogurt and granola, in ice cubes, and in lots of different scone and muffin recipes...the uses are endless.

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The Chemistry of Lemons

Since we are on the subject of lemons like a good time to look at the chemistry of this humble citrus fruit and the compounds that give it its sour taste. Of course, citric acid is already well known – it even has its own E number (E330). However, a couple of other acid compounds are also contributors towards the chemical makeup of a lemon.

One of these is malic acid, a compound that also has its own E number (E296). Citric acid is present in much higher quantities than malic acid and is the main contributor to the lemon’s sour taste; however, malic acid is present in around 5% of the concentration of citric acid. It is also found in apples and cherries, and responsible for aspects of their flavor.

Another acid present in lemons, and one with which citric acid is occasionally confused, is ascorbic acid, or vitamin C. The vitamin C levels in a lemon, at around 50 milligrams per 100 grams, are on a par with those of an orange, and significantly higher than those in a lime (~29mg/100g). This last fact in particular is one that the British Navy discovered belatedly to their detriment in the early 1900s.

Vitamin C is required by the body to produce collagen, the main protein of connective tissues in animals. Scurvy is a disease caused by a lack of vitamin C, the symptoms of which include spots, bleeding gums, loss of teeth, jaundice, fever, and eventual death. The disease was a major problem for seafarers, who would spend months at sea, and without a supply of fresh citrus fruit to supplement their vitamin C levels often succumbed to scurvy. By the mid-1700s, physicians had, however, discovered that citrus fruits were an efficient cure for the disease, and in the late 1700s all Royal Navy ships were required to serve lemon juice in rations.

Despite this recommendation, a lack of awareness of vitamin C, and the differing vitamin C content of lemons and limes, meant scurvy again became an issue in the early 1900s. When the Royal Navy began to start substituting lime juice for lemon juice, as they could source these from within the British colonies, they did so under the assumption that the acidity of lemons was what warded off scurvy, and as limes were more acidic, it followed that they would be equally effective. This had dire consequences, with several arctic expeditions succumbing to scurvy due to the failure of lime juice to provide enough vitamin C.

The confusion this caused was not fully resolved until the eventual isolation and discovery of vitamin C by the Hungarian Albert Szent-Györgyi in 1932. Vitamin C was actually named after its scurvy-preventing abilities – the name, ‘ascorbic acid’, comes from ‘antiscorbutic’, a term used to refer to substances preventing scurvy.

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Monday, March 28, 2016

What To Do With Your Lemons Around The House

You've all heard the old saying: When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. But did you know that there's an entire world of alternative options when it comes to what you can use lemons for? Here, we have compiled 18 different ways you can use your sour citrus around your home, on your body, and in your fridge - use them to really turn something sour into something sweet.

Make Lemons Last Longer
First of all, make sure you are storing your lemons right. Instead of leaving them out on the counter top, place them in a jar, fill it with water, put a lid on it, and place in the fridge. The water seals the lemon peel and will prevent the lemons from drying out.

Use Lemon Zest For Flavor...Not To Mention Health Benefits
Use a grater to make lemon zest. Store in the freezer and use when needed. Zest can be used to flavor tea, smoothies, desserts, salads, and dressings.

Bonus: Limonene is a compound found in the peels of lemon, grapefruit, and orange. Limonene is chemopreventative and chemotherapeutic against lung, liver, mammary, and skin cancer. Researchers say even as little as a tablespoon of grated lemon can benefit us significantly.

Add Lemon Slices To Ice Cubes
Add a few drops of lemon juice and a thin lemon slice to each cube. Use the cubes for tea, water, and other beverages.

Stop Rice From Sticking
Have a problem with clumpy rice? You’re in luck – adding a few drops of lemon to your cooking water helps prevent the rice from sticking together. Added plus? The lemon juice will also whiten your rice and keep it looking great on the dinner plate! 

Soften Body Parts
Use lemons on elbows and knees to lighten and soften them. Don't use a fresh lemon, reuse one.

Enhance Flavor
Last, but certainly not least, lemon’s yummy flavor can totally transform a meal. It brightens up creamier dishes, balances the flavor in seafood, and is a great sodium-free substitute for sprinkling on salt.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Tasty Lemon Chicken Recipe

Lemons have such bright flavor they can be used in many different recipes. They go very well with chicken and what follows is an easy and very tasty one to show your family what a great cook you are.

Ingredients

1/4 cup good olive oil
3 tablespoons minced garlic (9 cloves)
1/3 cup dry white wine
1 tablespoon grated lemon zest (2 lemons)
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme leaves
1/2 cup sliced green onions
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 boneless chicken breasts, skin on (6 to 8 ounces each)
1 lemon

Directions

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit

Warm the olive oil in a small saucepan over medium-low heat, add the garlic, and cook for just 1 minute but don't allow the garlic to turn brown. Off the heat, add the white wine, lemon zest, lemon juice, green onions, oregano, thyme, and 1 teaspoon salt and pour into a 9 by 12-inch baking dish.

Pat the chicken breasts dry and place them skin side up over the sauce. Brush the chicken breasts with olive oil and sprinkle them liberally with salt and pepper. Cut the lemon in 8 wedges and tuck it among the pieces of chicken.

Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, depending on the size of the chicken breasts, until the chicken is done and the skin is lightly browned. If the chicken isn't browned enough, put it under the broiler for 2 minutes. Cover the pan tightly with aluminum foil and allow to rest for 10 minutes. Sprinkle with salt and serve hot with the pan juices.

Consider serving with a side of rice.

Yield: 4 servings
Total Time: 1 hour
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Waiting Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 35 minutes

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

It's Always Lemonade Season...

Most lemons are Eurekas or Lisbons. Eurekas have somewhat thicker rinds, but regardless of variety, look for a lemon that feels heavy in the hand and which, gently squeezed, gives nicely and doesn’t seem to have a thick, hard rind (less juice inside). Lemons turn from green to yellow because of temperature changes, not ripeness, so green patches are OK, but avoid those with brown spots, which indicate rot.

Our relationship with lemons has moved from the kitchen to the bathroom, as we incorporate the citrus fruit into our beauty regimen. Lemons are a great source of calcium, vitamin C, magnesium and potassium — minerals and antioxidants that improve the appearance and condition of our hair, skin and nails. So we present nine awesome uses for lemons you should know. Tip: Keep in mind that lemon juice should not be left on the body for extended periods of time and may have severe reactions when exposed to the sun. Always consult with your doctor if you have any concerns.

What follows are some great tips about lemons.

They brighten your hair color. The cheapest highlights you’ll ever pay for involve making a trip to the grocery store to buy lemons. Combine lemon juice and hair conditioner, comb through strands, sit in the sun for a few hours and wash out. Repeat these steps at least once a week, and you will notice that your hair is significantly lighter.

They get rid of oily skin. We’ve tested out some pretty weird ways to bring down the shine on our faces, including laxatives. But swiping a cotton swab with a little lemon juice is just as effective. Try doing this before bed and washing your face the next morning to prevent oily skin.

They strengthen nails. There are tons of nail hardeners on the shelves at your local drugstore, but you can get the same results — and naturally — using olive oil and lemon juice. The solution will not only condition weak and brittle nails, but it will also whiten yellowing nails.

For more juice with less effort, first microwave them for 15 to 20 seconds and you'll almost double the amount of juice you'll receive from them.

Create a paste of salt and lemon juice, and use it to deep clean and brighten your wooden cutting board. Scrape away the residue and rinse.

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Thursday, March 17, 2016

Can Afternoon Tea Be A Meal?

Since the 18th century the United Kingdom has been one of the world's greatest tea consumers per capita, with an average per capita tea supply of 4.18 pounds per year. The popularity of tea occasioned the furtive export of slips, a small shoot for planting or twig for grafting to tea plants, from China to British India and its commercial culture there, beginning in 1840; British interests controlled tea production in the subcontinent. Tea, which was an upper-class drink in Europe, became the infusion of every class in Great Britain in the course of the 18th century and has remained so.

In Britain, the drinking of tea is so varied that it is quite hard to generalize. While it is usually served with milk, it is not uncommon to drink it black or with lemon, with sugar being a popular addition to any of the above. Strong tea served with milk (and usually one or two teaspoons of sugar) in a mug is commonly referred to as builder's tea.

Afternoon Tea As A Meal

Tea is not only the name of the beverage, but of a late afternoon light meal at four o'clock, irrespective of the beverage consumed. Anna Russell, Duchess of Bedford is credited with the creation of the meal circa 1800. She thought of the idea to ward off hunger between luncheon and dinner, which was served later and later. The tradition continues to this day. Tea is often accompanied with a light snack, such as biscuits, and it was the emergence of afternoon tea that saw Britain regard biscuits as something "dunked" in tea; a British custom that was exported around the globe. McVitie's biscuits are the most popular biscuits in the UK to "dunk" in tea, with McVitie's chocolate digestives, Rich tea and Hobnobs ranked the nation's top three favorite biscuits in 2009.

There is a tradition of tea rooms in the UK which provide the traditional fare of cream and jam on scones, a combination commonly known as cream tea. While these establishments have declined in popularity since World War II, there are still many tea rooms to be found in the countryside. In Devon and Cornwall particularly, cream teas are a specialty. A.B.C. tea shops and Lyons Corner Houses were a successful chain of such establishments. In Yorkshire the company Bettys and Taylors of Harrogate, run their own Tearooms. Bettys Café Tearooms, established in 1919, is now classed as a British Institution.

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Black Tea Protects and Relieves Stress

Daily cups of tea can help you recover more quickly from the stresses of everyday life, according to a new study by UCL (University College London) researchers. New scientific evidence shows that black tea has an effect on stress hormone levels in the body. 

 The Health Council of the Netherlands, an independent scientific body that advises the country’s parliament, say people should drink three to five cups of tea a day.

But it has to be black or green - herbal or fruit varieties don't count. And the Dutch government is heeding experts' advice, serving schoolchildren as young as four tea rather than squash, juice or milk as their lunchtime drink.

Scientists say a of cup reduces the risk of blood pressure, reports the Daily Telegraph.

What is not known is what ingredients of tea were responsible for effects on stress recovery and relaxation. Tea is chemically very complex, with many different ingredients. Ingredients such as catechins, polyphenols, flavonoids and amino acids have been found to have effects on neurotransmitters in the brain, but we cannot tell from this research which ones produced the differences.

The test subjects were subjected to challenging tasks, while their cortisol, blood pressure, blood platelet and self-rated levels of stress were measured. In one task, volunteers were exposed to one of three stressful situations (threat of unemployment, a shop lifting accusation or an incident in a nursing home), where they had to prepare a verbal response and argue their case in front of a camera.

The tasks triggered substantial increases in blood pressure, heart rate and subjective stress ratings in both of the groups. In other words, similar stress levels were induced in both groups. However, 50 minutes after the task, cortisol levels had dropped by an average of 47 per cent in the tea drinking group compared with 27 per cent in the fake tea group.

Three to five cups of tea are associated with reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke. "Other studies in the short term looking at risk factors also agree that daily tea consumption in this range are likely to have a positive impact on heart heath ." The move will provide a welcome boost to the tea industry after stats revealed that annual UK sales figures have plummeted 6% in the last five years.

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Monday, March 14, 2016

10 Benefits of Black Tea that You Didn’t Know About

Have you ever heard people criticizing your choices in having caffeinated drinks like tea and coffee? Though over-indulging in anything will have negative consequences, having an extra cup of black tea might not be as bad as you might have imagined.

Personally I love my perfect cup of tea. It’s how I like to begin my day—not to help me wake up, but rather I like to enjoy a tasteful cup of bliss first thing in the morning. When it comes to herbal, green or black tea, different things suit different people and a doctor’s recommendation should never be overlooked, but for most of us, indulging in a cup or two of black tea might in fact be a healthy life choice, as some studies have shown.

Both green and black tea are made from a shrub called Camellia Sinesis, but with different processing methods. In addition to the leaves being withered, rolled and heated, black tea leaves are fermented before the final heating process.
Below are 10 health benefits of having a cup or two of black tea on a regular basis, though it should be noted that it is recommended that black tea should be consumed without any additives like milk or sugar to truly harness its benefits.

Oral Health: Studies funded by the Tea Trade Health Research Association suggests that black tea reduces plaque formation as well as restricts bacteria growth that promotes the formation of cavities and tooth decays. Polyphenols found in black tea kill and surpass cavity-causing bacteria as well as hinder the growth of bacterial enzymes that form the sticky-like material that binds plaque to our teeth.
    
A Better Heart: As identified by Arab L. et al. in their 2009 research paper called “ Green and black tea consumption and risk of stroke: a meta-analysis”, it is seen that regardless of people’s country of origin, individuals who consume 3 or more cups of tea had a 21% lower risk of a stroke than people who consume less than 1 cup of green or black tea per day. 

Antioxidants: Black tea contains polyphenols, which are also antioxidants that help block DNA damage associated with tobacco or other toxic chemicals. These antioxidants are different from those obtained from fruits and vegetables and therefore as a regular part of our diet they can provide additional benefits towards a healthy lifestyle.

Cancer Prevention: Though a lot more research is required to confidently suggest cancer prevention techniques, some research over the years suggests that antioxidants like polyphenol and catechins in tea may help prevent some types of cancer. It has been suggested that women who drink black tea regularly have a lower chance of ovarian cancer than their counterparts.    

Healthy Bones: It has also been suggested that regular tea drinkers have stronger bones and lower probability of developing arthritis due to the phytochemicals found in tea.    

Lower Risk of Diabetes: Based on a research study conducted of elderly people living in the Mediterranean islands it was discovered that people that had been consuming black tea on a long-term basis on a moderate level (i.e 1-2 cups a day) had a 70% lower chance of having or developing type 2 diabetes.

Stress Relief: We all are aware and well experienced about the calming and relaxing benefits of black tea. Not only does it help slow you down after a long day, studies show that the amino acid L-theanine found in black tea can help you relax and concentrate better. Black tea has also been shown to reduce levels of the stress hormone cortisol when consumed in moderate amounts on a regular basis.

Better Immune System: Black tea contains alkylamine antigens that help boost our immune response. In addition it also contains tannins that have the ability to fight viruses and hence keep us protected from influenza, stomach flu and other such commonly found viruses in our everyday lives.   

Healthy Digestive Tract: In addition to improving your immune system, tannins also have a therapeutic effect on gastric and intestinal illnesses and also help decrease digestive activity.    

Increased Energy: Unlike other drinks that have a relatively higher caffeine content, the low amounts found in tea can help enhance blood flow to the brain without over-stimulating the heart. It also stimulates the metabolism and respiratory system, as well as the heart and the kidneys.  

Happiness Factor: If a perfect cup of tea makes you smile and lets your heart indulge a little, then what could possibly be the harm?

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Sunday, March 13, 2016

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Friday, March 11, 2016

Convert Orange Peels Into Biodegradable Plastic

Plastic waste is one of the worst forms of trash because it takes so long to degrade, thus overflowing our landfills and polluting our oceans and waterways. But what if we could make plastic from a recycled, natural, biodegradable source?

That's the idea behind a new technology developed by British scientists that uses microwaves to turn plant-based waste, such as orange peels, into eco-friendly plastic, according to London's The Independent.

Researchers have created a partnership with the juice-making industry in Brazil and have launched the Orange Peel Exploitation Company to demonstrate the technology on a large scale.

"There are 8 million tons of orange residue in Brazil. For every orange that's squeezed to make juice, about half of it is wasted," said James Clark, professor of green chemistry at the University of York in the U.K., and developer of the new approach. "What we've discovered is that you can release the chemical and energy potential of orange peel using microwaves."

The technique works by focusing high-powered microwaves on plant-based material, transforming the tough cellulose molecules of the plant matter into volatile gases. Those gases are then distilled into a liquid that researchers say can be used to make plastic. The process works at 90 percent efficiency, and it can be used on a variety of plant waste beyond orange peels.

Orange peels are particularly good for this technique because they are rich in a key chemical, d-limonene, which is also an ingredient in many cleaning products and cosmetics.

"The unique feature of our microwave is that we work at deliberately low temperatures. We never go above 392 degrees Fahrenheit. You can take the limonene off or you can turn limonene into other chemicals," he said. "It works really well with waste paper. It can take a big range of bio-waste material," Clark said.

The environmental benefit of this technology goes beyond developing a more biodegradable plastic. It also recycles plant waste which is normally discarded. Farmers, factories and power stations that deal with a lot of excess biomass could be a few of the beneficiaries.

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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

What Side Are You On? Pre-Peeled Oranges

Pre-Peeled Oranges: 
What Some Call 'Lazy' Others Call A 'Lifesaver'

Last week, some folks on Twitter became enraged after advertising copywriter Nathalie Gordon posted a photo of pre-peeled, plastic-packaged oranges.

"If only nature would find a way to cover these oranges so we didn't need to waste so much plastic on them," tweeted Gordon in a post that soon went viral. To make matters worse, these decidedly unwhole fruits were being sold by the grocery chain Whole Foods.

As American consumption of fruits and vegetables continues to lag behind recommended amounts, companies selling prepared produce are hoping that skipping steps like peeling, cutting or chopping will make people more likely to buy their products.

Twitter users accused people of being too lazy to peel their own darn oranges.

But for a whole segment of people with mobility issues, pre-prepared foods are a lifesaver, says Jennifer Hacker, a woman with peripheral neuropathy and poor grip strength. "I have stopped cooking anything I have to chop or slice first," she says, because the pain is so bad.

Without pre-prepared fresh foods, Hacker says she's relegated to the frozen foods aisle for her grocery shopping. She could also choose the syrupy, sweet canned citrus or overcooked, tinny green beans.

Celia Chacon, a former host of Cooking Without Looking, in the kitchen at Lighthouse of Broward, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., in 2008. The television cooking show features chefs and guests who are blind or visually impaired.

Pre-prepared foods do cause waste, both in making them and packaging them for sale. The uncomfortable question these products raise is whether a disabled person's access to fresh foods can be reconciled with reducing environmental waste.

Hacker understands the knee-jerk reaction of able-bodied people to the peeled oranges, but she says she became angry when Internet users began to attack people with disabilities for wanting prepared foods.

Just hours after the orange photo went viral, Whole Foods tweeted that the product was a mistake and pulled it from the shelves: "We hear you, and we will leave them in their natural packaging: the peel." (Though the next day the chain shared a punny photo of peeled oranges in Mason jars, making the product's ultimate fate unclear.)

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Orange-Glazed Sweet Potatoes

Are you looking for a sweet change in the potatoes you are serving to your family?  Well here is a twist on an old favorite recipe. The sweet taste of the orange juice and brown sugar will bring your family to the table for this healthy and fiber filled side dish.


Orange-fleshed sweet potatoes may be one of nature's unsurpassed sources of beta-carotene. Several recent studies have shown the superior ability of sweet potatoes to raise our blood levels of vitamin A. This benefit may be particularly true for children. In several studies from Africa, sweet potatoes were found to contain between 100-1,600 micrograms (RAE) of vitamin A in every 3.5 ounces, enough, on average, to meet 35% of all vitamin A needs, and in many cases enough to meet over 90% of vitamin A needs (from this single food alone).

How sweet it is for your health to eat sweet potatoes! Not only do they taste like dessert, but they provide some surprising health benefits. Many people think about sweet potatoes as being nothing more than plain old potatoes that can tweak our taste buds with some extra flavor. Yet cutting-edge research on sweet potatoes tells us that nothing could be further from the truth as they have so many unique nutritional benefits to offer!

Ingredients

6 medium-size sweet potatoes (about 4 pounds)
1/4 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon orange zest
1 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1/4 teaspoon Real salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Directions

Preheat oven to 325° Fahrenheit. Peel potatoes, and cut into 1-inch-thick slices; arrange in a single layer in 2 lightly greased 13- x 9-inch baking dishes.

Stir together brown sugar and next 5 ingredients; pour over potatoes. Cover with aluminum foil.

Bake at 325° Fahrenheit for 45 minutes or until fork-tender. Uncover and bake 5 more minutes or until glaze becomes syrupy.

Make Ahead: Cover and chill cooked potatoes up to 1 day. To reheat, let stand at room temperature 1 hour. Bake, covered with foil, at 350° Fahrenheit for 20 minutes.

Sprinkle with walnuts if chosen.

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Monday, March 7, 2016

We Are Your Source For The Finest Citrus

At Sunburst Oranges we are experts in sourcing the best orange available at any time of the year. What are you looking for in the way of the finest citrus products?​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

By far the most abundant species of Citrus worldwide is the orange. But an orange is an orange is far from the whole story. Botanists, plant pathologists, historians and many other researchers have grappled for years with theories of how to classify the many types of fruit known as ‘citrus’ and has existed throughout history since antiquity. Only now, thanks to new genetic and molecular biological techniques, the relationships between these fruits have been unraveled.

Climate factors can have a remarkable effect on citrus. For example the large-fruited Washington navel orange, renowned world-wide as the finest fruit for hand-held consumption, attains the ideal size when grown in California but will become undesirably large when grown in the humid, semitropical climates of Florida or Brazil. Conversely, the small-fruited Hamlin orange of Florida and Brazil will never attain a commercially acceptable size when grown in the arid and cooler climate of the southern California coastal region.

Climate also affects the shape of the fruit: certain citrus varieties grown in low humidity will cause the extension of the axis making the fruit oblong instead of round. Mandarins can develop a “neck” and grapefruit will reach an elongated shape referred to as a “sheep nose”.

Fruit color of most citrus is markedly affected by climate during the ripening period. Maximum color intensity is achieved when the fruit is subject to chilling, normally as a result of cold nights, and subsequent wide diurnal fluctuations of warming temperatures. Citrus in tropical areas may never obtain the color change with the possible exception of the Dancy tangerine.

Other fruit characteristics materially affected by atmospheric humidity during the growing season include rind surface, thickness, texture and adherence, and texture of the flesh of the fruit and juice content. Flavor is also markedly affected by mostly the same climatic factors. The natural sugar and acids in citrus and the ratios of the two determine the intensity of flavor. Mostly the arid, semitropical climates produce stronger richer flavors than the semitropical and tropical areas. The reverse can be true with some high acidic varieties such as kumquats and some mandarins as well as the bitterness of most grapefruit.

The more you know the better consumer you are.

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

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180 South “E” Street
Porterville, CA  93257
559-561-3391

Friday, March 4, 2016

Are You Ready To Try Gobena Coffee?

We have been giving you our coffee story and facts all this week so we are wrapping up with a direct link to our Shopify store where you can take advantage of our Gobena coffee.

Try our GO Blend. The GO Blend - Our signature blend. Medium-Dark Roast

This is a great, full body with a slightly heavier texture and deep, dark brown color. This expertly crafted, small batch roasted blend starts a little spicy with a full, rich creamy body and a bitter/sweet aftertaste.

Gobena coffee beans are always fresh and in season from the farmer. This blend will satisfy the most discerning coffee lover. More importantly you can drink a cup or two and know you are part of the solution to help orphans around the world - 100% of Gobena’s profits go to enriching the lives of orphaned and vulnerable children.

Give and go be love with Gobena!  Just $15.99

Here is the direct link to make your purchase quick and easy.
http://sunburst-oranges-plus.myshopify.com/collections/gobena-org/products/go-blend

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

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Sunburst Oranges
180 South “E” Street
Porterville, CA  93257


559-561-3391

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Coffee Is Good For You … In The News

Coffee lovers, raise your cups, maybe even your eyebrows, at the latest news in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry that coffee contains soluble fiber, the type that can help lower cholesterol. With about 1 gram per cup, coffee’s fiber impact is modest. But the report is the latest in a growing stream of positive news about coffee.

Some of the most promising findings come from studies of diabetes. When Harvard researchers combined data from nine studies involving more than 193,000 people, they found that regular coffee drinkers had a significantly lower risk of type 2 diabetes than those who abstained and the more they drank, the lower their risk.

And, despite coffee’s reputation for being bad for the heart, recent epidemiologic studies haven’t found a connection; some even suggest coffee can be protective. A study in February’s American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reported that healthy people 65 and over who drank four or more cups of caffeinated beverages daily (primarily coffee) had a 53 percent lower risk of heart disease than non-coffee-drinkers.

It’s even more beguiling when you consider that the immediate effects of drinking coffee tend to go in the opposite direction, raising heart rate and blood pressure and temporarily making cells more resistant to insulin. “But those effects are probably short-lived, as people develop a tolerance,” explains Frank Hu, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of nutrition and epidemiology at Harvard School of Public Health, who has studied coffee extensively. “In the long term, beneficial components in coffee may have stronger, more lasting effects.”

Coffee Is An Antioxidant

How coffee might work isn’t clear; the studies weren’t designed to identify cause-and-effect relationships. Antioxidants, such as chlorogenic acid, they are related to polyphenols found in grapes, are the likely players: coffee has more of them per serving than blueberries do, making it the top source of antioxidants in our diets. Antioxidants help quell inflammation, which might explain coffee’s effect in inflammation-related diseases like diabetes and heart disease. Magnesium in coffee might help make cells more sensitive to insulin. And caffeine seems to have its own beneficial effects; the diabetes studies found that those who drank regular coffee had lower risks of the disease than decaf drinkers. Caffeinated-coffee drinking has also been linked with reduced risk of Parkinson’s disease, gallstones, cirrhosis and liver cancer.

The take away from all of this; For healthy adults, having two or three cups of coffee daily generally isn’t harmful and may have beneficial health perks.

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

Presented By:
Sunburst Oranges
180 South “E” Street
Porterville, CA  93257

559-561-3391

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

The History Of Coffee

The history of coffee goes at least as far back as the 10th century, with a number of reports and legends surrounding its first use. The native (undomesticated) origin of coffee is thought to have been Ethiopia. The earliest substantiated evidence of either coffee drinking or knowledge of the coffee tree is from the 15th century, in the Sufi monasteries of Yemen. By the 16th century, it had reached the rest of the Middle East, Persia, Turkey, Horn of Africa, and northern Africa. Coffee then spread to the Balkans, Italy and to the rest of Europe, to Indonesia and then to America.
The word "coffee" entered the English language in 1582 via the Dutch koffie, borrowed from the Turkish kahve, in turn borrowed from the Arabic qahwah.

First Use

The Ethiopian ancestors of today's Oromo ethnic group were the first to have recognized the energizing effect of the native coffee plant. Studies of genetic diversity have been performed on Coffea arabica varieties, which were found to be of low diversity but with retention of some residual heterozygosity from ancestral materials, and closely related diploid species Coffea canephora and C. liberica; however, no direct evidence has ever been found indicating where in Africa coffee grew or who among the natives might have used it as a stimulant or known about it there earlier than the seventeenth century. The original domesticated coffee plant is said to have been from Harar, and the native population is thought to be derived from Ethiopia with distinct nearby populations in Sudan and Kenya.

Coffee was primarily consumed in the Islamic world where it originated and was directly related to religious practices.

There are several legendary accounts of the origin of the drink itself. One account involves the Yemenite Sufi mystic Ghothul Akbar Nooruddin Abu al-Hasan al-Shadhili. When traveling in Ethiopia, the legend goes, he observed birds of unusual vitality, and, upon trying the berries that the birds had been eating, experienced the same vitality.

Other accounts attribute the discovery of coffee to Sheik Abou'l Hasan Schadheli's disciple, Omar. According to the ancient chronicle (preserved in the Abd-Al-Kadir manuscript), Omar, who was known for his ability to cure the sick through prayer, was once exiled from Mocha to a desert cave near Ousab. Starving, Omar chewed berries from nearby shrubbery, but found them to be bitter. He tried roasting the beans to improve the flavor, but they became hard. He then tried boiling them to soften the bean, which resulted in a fragrant brown liquid. Upon drinking the liquid Omar was revitalized and sustained for days. As stories of this "miracle drug" reached Mocha, Omar was asked to return and was made a saint.

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

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

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Jalapeño Cheeseburgers with Bacon, Coffee Glaze and Sweet Grilled Onions

Are you looking for a bit more coffee flavor to spice upo your burgers.  Here is a recipe that spice is just one part of a explosion of flavors. With bacon being so popular these days we felt that it was also something that would be very welcome in this mega burger.

Ingredients

Spicy Ranch Sauce
1 cup mayonnaise
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
6 tablespoons fresh lime juice
4 green onions, finely chopped
2 tablespoons minced seeded jalapeño chile
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
    
Burgers
2 pounds lean ground beef
1 small sweet onion, chopped (about 1 1/4 cups)
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon chopped seeded jalapeño chile
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
    
Worcestershire Gobena Coffee Glaze
1/3 cup light corn syrup
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons ketchup
1 teaspoon instant coffee crystals
2 teaspoons (packed) golden brown sugar
3 tablespoons butter
16 bacon slices
Nonstick vegetable oil spray
8 hamburger buns or 3- to 4-inch square focaccia rolls, split horizontally
8 lettuce leaves
2 cups coarsely shredded sharp white cheddar cheese
Assorted additional toppings (such as tomato and grilled onion slices)

Directions

For Spicy Ranch Sauce:
Whisk all ingredients in medium bowl to blend. Season sauce with salt and pepper. 

For The Burgers:
Gently mix all ingredients in large bowl. Form mixture into eight 1/2- to 3/4-inch-thick patties. Place on small baking sheet. Cover and chill at least 2 hours and up to 1 day. 

For The Gobena Coffee Glaze:
Stir first 5 ingredients in small saucepan over medium heat until coffee is dissolved. Remove from heat. Whisk in butter. Season glaze to taste with salt and pepper.

Prepare barbecue (medium-high heat). Working in batches if necessary, cook bacon in large skillet over medium-high heat until crisp and brown. Transfer bacon to paper towels to drain.

Spray grill rack with nonstick spray. Toast buns until golden, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer buns, cut side up, to plates. Place lettuce on each bun bottom. Grill burgers 5 minutes, basting with glaze. 

Turn burgers, baste with the coffee glaze, and grill until cooked to desired doneness, about 5 minutes longer for medium. Press cheese atop each burger and allow cheese to melt. Place some sauce, then 1 burger on each bun bottom. Top each with 2 slices bacon and desired additional toppings. Cover with bun top. Serve with remaining sauce.

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

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