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    Do you want to learn more about the journey of the orange? Are you looking for more facts about the benefits of Vitamin C? You can learn more about these topics by visiting the following websites. For more great information, contact Florida Citrus today at (863) 578-4057.

    Grapefruit Juice: From the Grove to Your Glass

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    Here in Florida, we don’t just grow oranges—we also grow grapefruit! This wonderful fruit, similar to oranges, benefits from our sandy soil and subtropical climate. Florida is renowned for producing some of the finest grapefruit in the world. That’s why 70% of the grapefruit produced in the U.S. comes from Florida and more than 25% of the world’s grapefruit supply comes from Florida.

    In this video, you’ll learn more about how grapefruit juice gets from the grove to your glass. Like oranges, grapefruit do not ripen after being picked, so they are picked at their peak for sweetness and juiciness. These fruits undergo a variety of inspections to ensure they are sweet, healthy, and delicious.

    You can learn more about grapefruit and oranges by contacting the Florida Citrus team. Call us today at (863) 578-4057!

    From the Grove to Your Home: The Journey of an Orange Part III

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    Now that we know how oranges make their way from the grove to the packinghouses, it’s time to learn more about the oranges that are used to make orange juice. More than 90% of Florida’s oranges are grown for orange juice. Let’s learn more about how oranges get from the grove to the carton:

    • Oranges are sent to processing plants where they are first inspected to remove any bad oranges. Next, they are washed and rinsed. The oranges then receive a grading before moving on to a conveyor belt. From here, oranges are sent to a juicing machine. The juice goes through a filtering device to remove pulp and seeds. Orange juice can then be pasteurized or frozen. Then the juice is sent to a blending tank to perfect the level of sweetness. It is then heated (pasteurized) to kill bacteria and chilled, or heated and concentrated in evaporators.
    • Because there are so many steps involved in turning oranges into orange juice, it’s no wonder that there are so many different employees! Scientists run tests to make sure the oranges are healthy and sweet. Inspectors carefully check the oranges for any signs of damage. Then testers make sure the juice tastes great.
    • Once the orange juice is pasteurized, it’s put in specially made storage tanks. Then the product is packaged into carafes, cartons or single serve sizes, placed on pallets, and shipped to stores. Truck drivers are responsible for transporting the ready-to-buy orange juice from the plant to the store. Storeowners make sure to keep their refrigerators between 45 and 48 degrees Fahrenheit to keep the juice fresh. Juice remains refrigerated so families like yours can buy it during their next shopping trip!

    Now that you know how oranges get from the grove to your home, you can learn even more by checking out the information here at Florida Citrus! We want to help everyone understand the numerous benefits of fresh Florida orange juice. Call us today at (863) 578-4057 to learn more!

    From the Grove to Your Home: The Journey of an Orange Part II

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    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.

    From the Grove to Your Home: The Journey of an Orange Part I

    Last updated 5 years ago

    Who doesn’t love orange juice? This beloved beverage contains vitamins and minerals that we need to stay strong and healthy! Here in Florida, we produce some of the best oranges in America, which is why we know a thing or two about making orange juice. Let’s take a look at the journey of the magnificent orange:

    • Oranges start their journey like many other fruits—on a tree. Florida citrus trees are well-known for producing incredibly juicy and delicious oranges. That’s because Florida has the ideal climate for growing these wonderful fruits. Florida typically experiences warm and sunny weather, providing the ideal atmosphere. Our state also has the correct amount of rainfall and sandy soil to help citrus trees grow. Florida’s humid climate allows fruit to grow larger, while the combination of warm days and cool nights allows for flavors and colors to develop perfectly!
    • Because of these ideal conditions, we’re able to grow a wide variety of citrus fruits in Florida. With 569,000 acres being used to grow 74 million orange and grapefruit trees, it’s no wonder we get to experience so many different types of fresh citrus! Navel oranges are easy to peel and offer a great taste. Valencia oranges are almost always used for juice because their juice has a beautiful orange color.

    Orange trees are grown in blocks of land called groves to promote healthy development. After five years, orange trees bear enough fruit to be picked for commercial use, such as selling at the supermarket or squeezing into juice.

    You can learn more about the journey of an orange by contacting the Florida Citrus team. We want to spread the word on the many benefits of citrus, helping Florida residents of all ages! Visit us online or call us today at (863) 578-4057.

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