National Orange Juice Day – May 4

orange juice and orangesIt may come as no surprise that orange juice is the official beverage of Florida, USA.  Florida, the Sunshine State, is one of the top 3 orange juice producers in the world.  As of the year 2000, the other two being Mexico and Brazil.

About 90% of the Florida orange crop is used to make orange juice.

The process for making frozen concentrated orange juice was developed at the Florida Department of Citrus in 1945.  The Department gave the patent to the U.S. Government in hopes to advance the frozen food industry through the country.

According to Food Reference.com, here is some Orange Trivia:orange

  • There are 3,236  people in the U.S. listed on whitepages.com with the last name ‘Orange’ (Mark Morton, ‘Gastronomica’, Fall 2010)
  • The official state Flower of Florida is the Orange Blossom (1909) and the official state Fruit is the Orange (2005).
  • Florida produces about 70% of the total U.S. crop, and 90% of its production goes to make juice.  CDC.gov – 5 a Day
  • The orange is technically a hesperidum, a type of berry.
  • The orange was the first fresh fruit to bear a trademark. In 1919 the California Fruit Growers Exchange burned ‘Sunkist’ on their oranges.
  • In Queen Victoria’s day, oranges were given as Christmas gifts in England.
  • Almost 40% of the orange crop in the U.S. goes to make frozen concentrate.
  • Brazil produces more oranges than any other country.
  • A popular demonstration at the 1922 Los Angeles County Fair was how to make toothpaste from orange by-products.
  • Oranges were introduced to Hawaii in 1792.
  • The most valuable fruit crops in the United States are in order, grapes, apples, oranges and strawberries (2000).

 

Here’s more trivia from Science Kids:

  • The orange is a citrus fruit and is a hybrid of the pomelo and mandarin.

  • Oranges have been grown since ancient times and originated in Southeast Asia.

  • As of 2010, Brazil grows one third of all the world’s oranges.

  • California and Florida are large producers of oranges in the US.

  • Around 85% of all oranges produced are used for juice.

  • Marmalade is orange jam.

    Marmalade

  • Oranges have a high amount of vitamin C.

  • Oranges are domesticated so you are unlikely to find them growing naturally in the wild.

  • Because oranges do not spoil easily and are full of vitamin C during the years of world exploration sailors planted orange and other citrus trees along trade routes to prevent scurvy which is a disease that develops from a deficiency of vitamin C.

  • It is believed that Christopher Columbus was the first to bring orange seeds to America during his second voyage to the region in 1493.

  • There are now over 600 varieties of oranges worldwide.

  • There are typically ten segments inside an orange.

  • Ideal conditions for growing oranges are in sub-tropical areas that have good amounts of sunshine yet moderate to warm temperatures (15.5°C – 29°C (60°F – 84 °F).

  • Orange peel can be used by gardeners to sprinkle over vegetables as a slug repellent.

  • The white orange blossom, is the state flower of Florida. It is highly fragrant and has long been used in weddings as cake decoration, in bridal bouquets and in head wreaths. The blossom essence is an important component in the making of perfume and the petals can also be made into “orange blossom/flower water”.

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