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    Daytime Video: Healthy Tips for Cold & Flu Season

    Last updated 5 years ago

    Nobody likes the sniffles and sneezes that come along with the cold and flu season. Help support your body’s natural ability to fight disease by incorporating healthy foods, such as 100% orange juice, into your diet.  Orange juice is a natural source of vitamin C, which helps to support a healthy immune system.

    This video discusses the importance of a healthy diet in supporting and maintaining a healthy immune system. Some important vitamins and minerals to include in your diet are zinc, vitamin A, vitamin E, and vitamin C. Luckily, you can get at least 100 percent of the Daily Value  for vitamin C from one delicious, 8-ounce glass of Florida orange juice!

    If you’d like to learn more about the importance of orange juice, call Florida Citrus today at (863) 578-4057.

     

    A Look at the Citrus Industry in Florida

    Last updated 5 years ago

    Florida is famous for a lot of reasons. Our beautiful state has incredible theme parks, incomparable weather, and the best orange juice in the country! In order to experience most of our claims to fame, people must come here in person. But our orange juice can be found in stores around the country. Here’s a closer look at the citrus industry in Florida:

     

    • Florida’s beautiful climate seems to go hand-in-hand with citrus production, but it wasn’t until the 1500s that orange trees were brought to this wonderful land. Throughout the 1800s, the citrus industry became a huge success, bringing more people and more business to Florida! There was a brief period of decline during the late 1800s due to the Great Freeze of 1894-1895, but the citrus industry was soon booming again.
    • The citrus industry soon became a huge part of Florida’s community. We grow a wide variety of oranges here in Florida, including Navel, Pineapple, Hamlin, Ambersweet and Valencia oranges. There are 31 counties that produce and care for Florida’s 74 million orange and grapefruit trees. Approximately 76,000 people work in the citrus industry and help grow, produce, and ship Florida’s delicious orange juice across the U.S. This team of citrus workers includes horticulturists, growers, truck drivers, safety inspectors, scientists, engineers and people who work in packing houses and juice processing plants.
    • Florida is second only to Brazil in global orange juice production and is the world’s leading producer of grapefruit. Florida produces more than 70 percent of the U.S. supply of citrus, with major overseas export markets including Japan, Canada, France and the United Kingdom. Florida’s citrus industry contributes $9 billion to the state economy each year. 

    If you’d like more information about Florida’s amazing citrus industry, then you can contact the team here at Florida Citrus. Visit our website or call us today at (863) 578-4057 to learn more! 

     

    Wear an Orange Shirt to the Fair for a Free Cookbook on Friday!

    Last updated 5 years ago

    Join us Friday, February 10th at the 2012 Florida State Fair. Wear an orange shirt and receive a FREE cookbook! 

    "It's the best time of year for citrus and the Florida State Fair." Get your friends and family together and come to the fair for a day of fun!

    Benefits of Orange Juice

    Last updated 5 years ago

    Here in Florida, we’re lucky enough to produce one of the most popular and beloved beverages in America. Every day, people around the country enjoy refreshing glasses of Florida orange juice. This wonderful drink delivers a deliciously sweet taste that makes it the perfect choice for breakfast or all day. But orange juice doesn’t just taste great; it also offers a number of amazing and impressive health benefits, including:

     

    • Antioxidants. One 8-ounce glass of orange juice provides at least 100 percent of the recommended Daily Value for vitamin C. Vitamin C is an important antioxidant. Antioxidants may help neutralize free radicals. Although free radicals are normally produced in the body, the presence of excessive amounts over an extended period of time may damage cells and tissues and lead to the development of diseases.
    • Heart Health. Research suggests that the consumption of 100% orange juice may support healthy  blood cholesterol levels, blood pressure and blood vessel function, as well as have positive effects on inflammatory and oxidative stress markers that are associated with the development and progression of cardiovascular disease.  One hundred percent orange juice is also sodium-free, saturated fat-free, and cholesterol-free and can be a part of a heart-healthy diet and lifestyle.
    • Immune System Support. An 8-ounce glass of orange juice provides vitamin C, plus other nutrients and phytochemicals that may help support a healthy immune system.
    • Skin Health. Vitamin C found in orange juice can help support collagen production, which may support healthy skin and gums. Collagen breakdown in the skin may lead to signs of premature aging.

    If you’d like to learn more about the health benefits of orange juice, then you can contact the friendly team here at Florida Citrus. Find more information by visiting us online or calling us today at (863) 578-4057.

     

     

    Types of Citrus Fruit

    Last updated 5 years ago

    Here in Florida, we have no doubt about our favorite fruit. But it’s not just oranges that we love—we love all types of citrus fruit! We also grow a variety of these fruits, including an assortment of different oranges, providing sweet, delicious, and nutritious treats for consumers around the country. If you’re interested in learning more about our variety of citrus fruit, then take a look at this brief overview:

     

    • Hamlin Oranges. These sweet oranges contain very few seeds. Hamlin oranges became a huge part of Florida’s orange production in the 1980s. During this time, freezes destroyed many of the other types of oranges grown in Florida. Hamlin orange trees are excellent at tolerating the cold weather. Hamlin oranges are at their peak between October and December.
    • Navel Oranges. Many consider these to be the most popular oranges and even the most popular citrus fruit. The Navel orange is unique because it features a bump in the skin. Under this bump is a second, much smaller orange. The navel makes it easy to peel and eat these tasty oranges with very few seeds. This variety of orange also includes Cara oranges and Red Navel Oranges.
    • Ruby Red Grapefruit. These delicious citrus fruit appear to have a yellowish pink color on the outside, but have a stunningly beautiful red color inside. Ruby red grapefruit are extremely juicy. Ruby Red grapefruit juice has a refreshing sweet and tangy taste.
    • Tangerines. These citrus fruit are smaller than oranges with a smooth and easy to peel skin. This tasty, sweet fruit has a deep orange appearance both inside and out. Naturally formed segments make tangerines easy to pull apart. The flavor is sweet without the tangy flavor found in other citrus fruit.
    • Tangelos. This hybrid citrus fruit combines the best aspects of both tangerines and grapefruit. Honeybell tangelos grow in a bell-like shape and are extra juicy. Tangelos typically have a sweet, tangy flavor.

    Here at Florida Citrus, we want to help you learn more about our amazing citrus industry. You can find more information by giving us a call today at (863) 578-4057. 

     

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