Take on your day with a glass of Florida orange juice. Many people are surprised to find there are many steps involved in getting your favorite juice to you. Oranges take an exciting journey to make it from Florida’s famous groves to stores and restaurants. Let’s get back to our look at the sunny orange:
- Each year, the new harvest season starts in late September or October. This is when oranges are picked and sent to various places to provide both fruit and juice for consumers. Before they can be sent to other states, Florida oranges must be checked and inspected. This is to make sure that oranges meet the correct level for ripeness, such as natural sugar levels. Oranges are separated–some are sent to packinghouses to be sold fresh in supermarkets while others are sent to juice plants and made into orange juice.
- Florida’s ideal climate isn’t the only factor responsible for producing such juicy and succulent oranges; there are also a variety of workers that come together to provide us with our favorite fruit juice! Each stage of an orange’s life, growing, harvesting and packaging, requires a lot of people. It’s no wonder that more than 76,000 employees work in Florida’s citrus industry.
- Oranges that are sent to packinghouses make up approximately 6% of oranges grown in Florida. These oranges undergo inspection and testing to ensure they are fully ripe and delicious! After being carefully washed, dried, and waxed for protection, either manually or by machine, oranges are packed and sent to grocery supermarkets so families can enjoy their favorite fruit for snacking, cooking, and more.
Now that you know more about the orange’s journey, you can find more great information by visiting the Florida Citrus website! We can help you learn more about this amazing fruit, including how it gets all the way to your home. Give us a call at (863) 578-4057 to learn more.