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Ways to Express Gratitude This Thanksgiving Season

Thanksgiving-Cut-Off-bannerWhether your your Thanksgiving traditions are the same year after year or if you are going somewhere different this Thanksgiving, it is a very nice gesture to offer the host a gift of thanks. Consider what the work and preparation the Thanksgiving host has had to do in order to host Thanksgiving festivities! From decoration, recipe planning, food purchase to the actual preparation and serving of the food- a lot of love and effort has been made.

Here are some gift ideas to show your gratitude to your Thanskgiving host:

  • Thank You Gift Box. Our famous Indian River citrus speaks for itself. Choose either nine sweet Florida Oranges or six sun-sweetened Indian River Grapefruit or 15 Tangerines. Combine two of the most popular Indian River citrus varieties for a gift they will all enjoy. It’s sized and priced for gifting!
  • Florida Hostess Basket. Nearly 11 pounds of mouth-watering Florida citrus; Florida Oranges and Indian River Red Grapefruit join our popular key lime cookies and citrus marmalades in a woven basket. The perfect Florida hostess gift. Contains 11 lbs of citrus (oranges in season and red grapefruit), Key Lime Coolers Cookies, Florida Marmalades and two assorted 3-ounce jars.
  • Ring in the Holidays. Help them be ready to celebrate the Christmas / Hanukkah holiday! Ring in the holidays with this joyful gift of sweet Florida Navel Oranges, Indian River Red Grapefruit adorned by delicious bell-shaped chocolates. Give a gift of sunshine with a little holiday flair.
  • Holiday Citrus Wreath. Give them something to enjoy during the holidays! Delicious Navel Oranges and Indian River Grapefruit paired with milk chocolate covered cranberries. Citrus and cranberries; the perfect combination for any time of the year.
  • Holiday Deluxe Fruit Basket. Our Holiday gift basket is loaded with juicy Navels and Indian River Red Grapfruit. We’ve dressed it up for the holidays and added an extra touch of Christmas with milk chocolate cranberries, gingerbread cookies, holiday blend coffee and peppermint divinity. This makes a memorable gift!
  • Honeybell Orange Cake. Give them a taste of Florida. Our Honeybell Orange Bundt Cake is as refreshing as a glass of fresh squeezed pure Florida sunshine! Our moist vanilla cake batter is blended with the sweet flavor of genuine juice from grove fresh Honeybell Tangelos. Light and citrusy, each golden slice of cake glows as bright as a warm island sunset. Garnish with a twist of orange to showcase this cake’s brilliant color. 24 oz. cake.

You Thanksgiving host would appreciate any of these delicious Indian River citrus fruit gifts. You can shop Orange Ring’s full selection of citrus fruit gifts at orangering.com.

The Perfect Fruit Gift: Build Your Own Box of Fruit!

build-your-ownWhen searching for the perfect fruit gift for your family members or friends, sometimes you can’t find that perfect fruit combination you know they would love. Orange Ring has heard your feedback and we have put together a new shopping cart functionality: Build Your Own Box!

What can you include in these fruit gift boxes?

  • Cara Cara Red Navel Oranges
  • Florida Tangerines
  • Navel Oranges
  • Ruby Red Grapefruit
  • Sol Zest Mandarins
  • Honeybells
  • Sweet Lee Oranges

Now you can build a fruit gift box that includes a delicious selection of fresh Indian River citrus. Our Florida citrus is available based on when they become the most ripe, so please make sure to check the Fruit Calendar so you can anticipate when your oranges will be available.

You can order more than one tray at a time. We actually offer a package discount for ordering 4 trays of Florida citrus! Shop today and build the perfect fruit gift for your friend or loved one.

Fruit of the Month Club

indian river citrusHave you ever had the chance of tasting the sweet taste of a freshly picked, ripe Florida orange? The bold flavor of Indian River oranges, Indian River grapefruit and Indian River tangerines exude the world-renowned quality of Indian River citrus. That’s why we have created the Fruit of the Month Club! This allows you to choose someone you would love to share the experience of Indian River citrus with and share a fruit tray during the Indian River citrus season. We have 2 types to choose from: a 3 month and a 5 month fruit club. This allows you to pick the month that a specific fruit is in season and ship them to that special person.

The month and citrus that is in season is outlined in this table:

Mid November- Navel Oranges & Ruby Red Grapefruit
December- Navel Oranges & Ruby Red Grapefruit
January- Honeybells & Ruby Red Grapefruit
February- Florida Oranges & Ruby Red Grapefruit
March- Honey Tangerines & Ruby Red Grapefruit
April- Valencia Oranges

You can also reference our fruit calendar for a more comprehensive list.

Be sure to check out our Orange Ring website and put in your order for a 3 month or 5 month of the club as the season is short and you don’t want to miss out! Order your fruit of the month club subscription at orangering.com.

The Superiority of Indian River Oranges

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Photo courtesy of the Indian River Citrus League

Florida Oranges, they are world-renowned and known for their flavor, quality and juice! But do you know what part of Florida the best of the best oranges are grown? That’s right, Indian River oranges are the finest in the world today.

Why are Indian River oranges superior? Consider these 3 factors:

  • Temperature protection. The unique geographic location Indian River oranges have to the gulf stream protect it from the freezing temperatures the rest of the state of Florida might suffer from. The shape of Florida in the particular section Indian River oranges grow juts out more eastward into the ocean than any other section of the state, situating the Indian River oranges out in the warm ocean.
  • Flat geography. Most of Florida is flat, and Indian River oranges benefit from that. Orange groves can actually flood their fields with warm water when a cold front is on the way to the Indian River area. The water radiates heat through the cold snap, keeping the Indian River oranges protected from the cold.
  • Coquina limestone. Indian River oranges and Indian River grapefruit tap into the minerals provided by the coquina limestone unique to Florida. The minerals and nutrients provided by the coquina limestone fuel the Indian River citrus during their growing cycle.

Did you know that 8-10 million crates of Indian River oranges are shipped to the north east each year and the biggest consumers of Indian River Citrus is Japan? 95% of all citrus that is exported out of the US goes to Japan, comprising of 11 million cartons a year! Europe consumes ~5 million cartons per year and historically 80% of this fruit comes from Indian River Citrus. As of right now, Indian River Citrus is shipped to over 23 countries making this a global delicacy! So the next time you go to the store, make sure you grab a Florida Orange grown right here in the Indian River area and you know how lucky you are to have access to the best oranges in the world! Send fruit trays and fruit baskets of Indian River oranges to your friends and family on orangering.com.

Orange Infused Water Using Florida Oranges

florida orangesFlorida oranges, they are the fruit of choice during the winter months of Florida. They provide a juicy snack, great juice to drink and also a great source of Vitamin C to fight colds. Did you know water is one of the many ways you can consume Florida oranges and still get the added benefits? Water is great for hydration but lacks the benefit of added Vitamin C and flavor.

The latest trend is Florida orange infused water!

But how do you do this?

  • Take 1 Florida orange, peel it into thin slices
  • Drop the slices into a pitcher of room temperature / lukewarm water
  • Place the pitcher of water in the fridge.

How does it work?

Slicing the Florida oranges and putting them into water creates the maximum amount of surface area to transfer the wonderful flavor and nutrients into the water, thus infusing your water with the wonderful health benefits of Florida oranges. The warm water begins to pull flavor and vitamin C out of the oranges and mix it in with the water adding wonderful flavor and all the added benefits.  So the next time you are wanting to enhance your water for your next workout or party, try some Florida orange infused water! You can purchase fresh Florida oranges picked daily at orangering.com.

 

10 Reasons Why You Should Eat Florida Oranges

florida orangesFlorida oranges are tasty and sweet, but they are extremely healthy too! We want you to consider these 10 reasons to eat Florida Oranges every day:

  1. Florida oranges detoxify your body. Every part of the orange contains antioxidants (even the zest and skin!) that help oxygen move throughout your body.
  2. Florida oranges protect your skin from free radicals. Free radicals are one of the contributing factors that make you look older. Need we say more? 🙂
  3. Florida oranges reduce your risk for heart disease. If you eat florida oranges regularly, your risk can be reduced as much as 50%!
  4. Florida oranges contain Vitamin B folate. This vitamin helps prevent birth defects and protects the heart.
  5. Florida oranges contain potassium. Potassium help keeps body fluid levels in proper balance. One florida orange contains 7% of your recommended daily intake.
  6. Florida oranges contain chemicals that help fight skin cancer, giving your body an additional defense during sun exposure!
  7. Florida oranges contain phytochemicals, which help with age-related diseases. Phytochemicals protect the cells within your body.
  8. Florida oranges contian lumonoids. Studies show that lumonoids help protect against skin, colon, breast, mouth, stomach and lung cancer.
  9. Florida oranges contain pectin. Pectin supresses your apptetite for up to 4 hours! This is great if you are looking for a healthy way to lose weight. Pectin also helps reduce cholesterol levels.
  10. Florida oranges contain Vitamin C. Eating just one Florida oranges gives you 67% of your daily allowance of Vitamin C. Immunity, disease resistance and wound healing are all aided by Vitamin C.

As you can see, Florida oranges are truly a powerful fruit for your health. Here at OrangeRing, we handpick our Florida oranges and ship our oranges daily to give you the best quality and health benefit. Order online today: orangering.com.

Health Benefits of Florida Oranges

You may not realize just how healthy of a snack you are eating when you bite into a juicy Florida orange! Florida oranges are packed with Vitamin C, fiber, folate, vitamin B1, potassium and calcium. Over 93% if its nutrient composition is Vitamin C, which studies have shown can help with immunity and prevention of cancer.

Florida oranges have the following health benefits:

  • Help with asthma
  • Help with bronchitis
  • Help with pneumonia
  • Prevent kidney stones
  • Help lower cholesterol
  • Help prevent diabetes
  • Help with high blood pressure
  • Help with tuberculosis
  • Help with arthritis
  • Helps with alcoholism
  • Decreases mucus
  • Help with rheumatism
  • Promote clear skin
  • Prevent stroke
  • Prevent cancer
  • Promote heart health

Florida oranges are low in calories but contain many nutrients. They also contain over 170 phytochemicals and 60 flaonoids, all which help contribute to the antioxidant effects and anti-inflammatory benefits of Florida oranges.
So just what is the nutritional breakdown of Florida oranges? One oranges contains:

  • 80 calories
  • 0 grams of fat
  • 250 milligrams of potassium
  • 19 grams of carbohydrate (which breaks down to 14 grams of sugar and 3 grams of fiber)
  • 1 gram of protein

Of your recommended daily intake, Florida oranges provide 130% of your Vitamin C, 2% of Vitamin A and 6% of calcium. Florida oranges are such a benefit to your daily nutrition, it really should be “one orange a day keeps the doctor away!”. So now that you are more aware of the health benefits of Florida oranges, where can you get some? Visit orangering.com to get fresh picked, shipped daily Florida oranges. We offer a great variety of Florida oranges to suit your need for the super sweet or super tangy. Shop online for easy ordering and check out our Fruit of the Month clubs to get fresh Florida oranges to your door throughout the season!

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One Florida Orange A Day Keep the Flu Away?

florida orange nutritionSchool has begun and along with it comes flu season. More time indoors exposes us to more viruses and bacteria that bring on the common cold. Experts agree that increasing your dietary intake of Vitamin C boosts your immunity. So what foods contain Vitamin C? Florida oranges, of course! Florida oranges are just one of the food sources you can rely on to get a tasty and sweet dose of your daily Vitamin C.

So just what are the benefits of Vitamin C you say? And will it really help keep the flu away?

According the WebMD, Vitamin C provides the following benefits:

  • protection against immune system deficiencies
  • help with cardiovascular disease
  • improve prenatal health
  • help with eye disease
  • help keep your skin from wrinkling as much!

As WebMD states, “A recent study published in Seminars in Preventive and Alternative Medicine that looked at over 100 studies over 10 years revealed a growing list of benefits of vitamin C.”

To achieve the maximum benefit of Vitamin C, the study suggested to intake 500 mg daily. Each Florida orange contains around 70mg of Vitamin C. That’s a reason to eat 7 tasty, sweet, healthy Florida oranges every day! Or if you don’t want to enjoy that many Florida oranges a day, you can take a vitamin C supplement and eat one Florida orange a day to keep the doctor away 🙂 No matter what your daily intake of delicious Florida oranges, you can order them fresh here at Orange Ring. We offer monthly deliveries of this yummy fruit through our Fruit of the Month clubs. Each of our Florida oranges are handpicked and guaranteed fresh. Order the highest quality Indian River oranges today through orangering.com.

Healthy Citrus Recipe

Healthy Citrus Recipe

Grilled Fruit Pizza with Citrus, Mascarpone and Bittersweet Chocolate

The kids are home for the summer and what better way to spend some quality time but in
the kitchen making a healthy citrus recipe for all to enjoy.  Everyone loves Pizza and will simply flip over this delicious fruit pizza with oranges, grapefruit juice, peaches, cherries and topped with chocolate. The kids will have fun making their own pizza and mom will feel good that they are eating something healthy and nutritious. This easy dessert pizza is the perfect grilled summer dessert.  Citrus never tasted so good!

Ingredients for a Healthy Citrus Recipe

1/4 cup Florida Grapefruit Juice
2 cups Florida Oranges, segmented
1 cup Mascarpone
4 each Pizza dough, divided into individual servings
4 each Peaches, halved
1 cup Bittersweet chocolate
1 cup Cherries, pitted

Yield: Makes 4 Servings

How to Prepare a Healthy Citrus Recipe

Mix the grapefruit juice and mascarpone together and reserve in a refrigerator. Bake the individual pizza doughs and place each on its own plate. On a preheated grill, mark off the peaches; slice in quarters. Melt the chocolate. Spread the mascarpone over the baked pizza doughs. Arrange the fruit over the top of the pizzas and drizzle with chocolate.

Come back and visit for more healthy citrus recipes. Visit our Facebook page and post a picture of your Grilled Fruit Pizza.

Florida Specialty Citrus

Unique Florida Specialty Citrus

Sol Zest Mandarins

Florida Specialty Citrus Sol Zest MandarinsFinding many Florida specialty citrus varieties is not always easy. They cannot always be found in your local grocery market. However, if you are looking for something, new, unique and fresh off the tree you have come to the right place. Orange Ring is proud to offer  Florida Mandarin known as “Sol Zest” mandarins full of amazing grove –fresh flavor and delicious juice. This fairly new variety is thin skinned, easy to peel, virtually seedless and sweetened by the sun.

This variety is available from Orange Ring from November through February. Buying this rare and unique Florida Specialty citrus fruit directly from a trustworthy Florida grove and gift fruit shipper, means you will receive the best Florida Mandarins available. They are at the peak of their flavor in December and make an ideal tasty, healthy and thoughtful gift to send to your family and friends. We only send the freshest and sweetest mandarins for all to enjoy. Once you try these rare gems you will come back for more. However, remember they are only available for a few months and the demand is high as the word spreads about these wonderful, uniquely delicious mandarins.

Honeybells

Florida Specialty Citrus HoneybellsHoneybells is an extraordinary hybrid-citrus variety that has a very short season. This Florida Specialty Citrus is harvested in January and packed and shipped daily. We have decades of experience and our groves are located in Indian River County where some of the best Honeybells in Florida are grown.

Customers gladly wait for these one of a kind sweetness. The Honeybell makes a great gift to give to anyone on your gift list especially those people that are difficult to buy for during the holidays. This is a unique and exceptional gift. Since they are not available to ship until January, we send an announcement card to the recipient letting them know their honeybells are on their way.

Florida gift fruit, especially the hard to find Florida specialty citrus gift fruit varieties are shipped directly to your home and is the highest quality citrus you will every find. No more missing out on your favorite variety because you cannot find it in your local grocery market.  Your shopping experience will be quick, easy and convenient. Simply call or order online.