Oranges are the December Harvest of the Month

This month’s Harvest is grown in tropical climates around the world and is one of the most popular fruits in America. 

The orange originated in what is today China. It is a cross between the mandarin orange and the pomelo. Oranges can be eaten raw, added to proteins like chicken for better texture and additional flavor and also make an excellent addition to many salads.

During the month of December, you may find oranges used more abundantly in a variety of recipes from our cafeterias.

Did You Know?

  • There are approximately 74 million orange trees in the state of Florida.
  • There are over 600 varieties of fruit that are called oranges.
  • Jam made from oranges is called marmalade.

Try These Delicious Recipes

Orange Oatmeal Muffins
Seared Scallops with Bacon and Oranges
Winter Citrus Salad

How to Buy, Store & Prepare: Oranges have one of the longest shelf lives of all fresh produce. Some oranges can last up to 4 weeks if stored in the refrigerator. As long as the fruit has not been cut, refrigeration is not necessary, and oranges may still stay fresh for several weeks if stored on the counter top or in pantries. The skin of the orange provides its own packaging and is rather temperature resistant, making the orange an excellent snack when on the go.

Making it Kid-Friendly: Generally speaking, kids are well accepting of oranges. Focus on serving oranges rather than serving orange juice. While orange juice still contains helpful vitamins, it is not a nutritional substitute for the whole fruit. If orange juice is served to children be sure to dilute it with water, as 100% orange juice still contains about as much sugar as many regular soda-pops.

Nutrition and Health Benefits: Oranges are an excellent source of vitamin C. One large orange provides the amount of vitamin C that most adults need for a whole day. Oranges, along with many citrus fruits, also contains an antioxidant called Hesperidin. Hesperidin may aid blood vessels and help prevent cardiac events and disease. Oranges also contain fiber. Fiber helps us to feel fuller longer and aids in gut health and blood sugar control. Keep in mind, fiber is lost when the orange is juiced.

Calories: 47Fiber: 2.4g
Total Fat: <1gProtein: <1g
Total Carbohydrate: 12g