Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Florida Oranges

The orange originated in India and it still grows wild there. Alexander the Great introduced oranges into Europe from the subcontinent. Arabs carried the orange west through the Mediterranean until it was brought to Spain by invading Moors. These oranges were sour and were known as Seville oranges. The Chinese modified the orange and made it sweeter. This sweeter orange was introduced into Europe by Portuguese traders.

Learn about Florida's "Citrus Wizard", a Chinese immigrant named Lue Gim Gong.

In exploration's hey-day, the length of a sea voyage was determined by how long it took scurvy to disable the crew of a ship. Scurvy is a disease caused by a lack of vitamin C. It is characterized by general weakness, anemia, gingivitis, and skin hemorrhages. When it was discovered that oranges prevented scurvy, mariners of many countries planted oranges along their trade routes. An orange (or its juice) a day, keeps the Scurvy away!

Columbus brought the orange to the Caribbean. It did very well there. Ponce de Leon brought the orange to Florida. Spain decreed that all ships heading for America bring orange trees to plant. The descendants of these trees can still be found growing wild in Florida's forests. Florida is the number one orange producer in the United States.

My personal favorite orange juice to drink is made by TROPICANA.

I grew up in the Midwest and we always drank orange juice made from frozen concentrate. The first time I drank Tropicana's orange juice, I knew I could never go back to drinking frozen concentrate. Tropicana's orange juice was like drinking liquid Florida sunshine (chilled of course).

Since posting this blog I have found a new favorite orange juice, Florida's Natural. I think it tastes better than Tropicana's and it is made from only Florida oranges.

1 comment:

  1. How about frozen grape juice from concentrate?Yum Yum.