Category Archives: Navel Oranges

Amazing Health Benefits of Orange Peels

orange peel health benefitsWhen you think of a sweet (or tart) Florida orange, you don’t think about munching on an orange peel. However, in addition the the health benefits of the meat inside Florida oranges, their peels provide nutritional benefit as well! After reading this blog post, we hope that you think twice before throwing that orange peel away after enjoying your tasty Florida orange.

Consider the following:

  • Orange peels contain over 60 types of flavonoids
  • Orange peels contain over 170 types of phytonutrients
  • Orange peels are rich in pectins, vitamins, minerals and fiber

Why are flavonoids, phytonutrients and pectins important? They help prevent disease in your body and provide important antioxidants. They also show to have anti-inflammatory benefits, help your cardiovascular system and support your nervous system.

In addition to the nutrients they posses, orange peels also:

  • Help with weight loss. How? The peel contains fiber and is low in calories, which adds bulk to your foods and makes you want to eat less.
  • Help with respiratory problems. Orange peels have been found effective in treating respiratory problems such as asthma, bronchitis, lung cancer and the flu. Eating orange peels expels phlegm out of the lungs and contains a natural histamine.
  • Get rid of bad breath.  Instead of chewing on sugary gum the next time you want clean, fresh breath- consider an orange peel! Orange peels also help whiten teeth and help with sensitive teeth. Chewing, rubbing or applying as a paste will give all these benefits.
  • Help with cancer. Orange peels reduce your risk of skin cancer, breast cancer and colon cancer.
  • Act as a natural skin treatment. If you want to reduce the look of blemishes and dark spots on your skin, rub orange peels on the problem areas. You can also rub orange peels on your skin to help with sun burn and cleanse pores.
  • Improve heart health. The flavones in orange peels are helpful to your heart in that they lower your blood cholesterol levels and lessen inflammation.

If the taste of an orange peel is just to bitter for you, you can zest the orange peels and put on salads, vegetables and desserts. However you decide to eat orange peels, make sure you don’t throw away this important part of Florida oranges! Increase your health by making a new years resolution to eat more orange peels with your oranges today. Order your fresh picked Florida oranges online at orangering.com.

Difference Between Blood Oranges & Cara Cara Oranges?

cara cara navel oranges floridaWe just recently had a customer post an interesting question on our Facebook page: what is the difference between a Blood orange and Cara Cara orange?
Here’s the similarities between Blood oranges and Cara Cara oranges:

  • Both are navels
  • Great source of nutrient and vitamins
  • Both contain high levels of Vitamin A and Vitamin C
  • Both contain disease-fighting antioxidants
  • Both contain fiber
  • Both have a sweet, distinctive flavor

So what are the differences between Blood oranges and Cara Cara oranges?

Cara Cara oranges:

  • Have a pinkish-red flesh inside the orange
  • Are pretty much seedless
  • Have flavors of cranberry and cherry in the orange flesh
  • Slightly tart
  • Sweeter version of a grapefruit
  • Origin: Venezuela

Blood oranges:

  • Have a maroon/crimson colored flesh inside the orange
  • Gets their dark flesh color from anthocynanins, pigments that are found in flowers but not often in citrus fruits
  • Tart
  • Have flavors of raspberry in the orange flesh
  • Origin: Italy and Spain

Here at Orange Ring, we offer a wide selection of Cara Cara Navel oranges within our gift baskets, gift boxes or in trays. Shop our selection of Cara Cara Navel oranges today! Orangering.com.

Corporate Gifts: Picking the Right Fruit Gift For Your Boss/Employees

corporate fruit giftWe are in the gift giving season with Thanksgiving, Christmas and Hanukkah arriving quickly. As a good boss or good employee, you want to make sure you are giving an appropriate gift to your co-worker. Here are Orange Ring, we have a great selection of corporate gifts that are healthy, easy to order and is something they can actually use at work. Who wouldn’t enjoy snacking on fresh Indian River citrus during the work day?

Consider these corporate gifts for your employees, co-worker or boss:

  • Seasons Greetings Gift Basket. Combining all the things office workers love: a festive red holiday gift basket filled with Navel Oranges, Indian River Red Grapefruit, with a variety of nuts, cookies and coffee.
  • Holiday Deluxe Fruit Basket. Our Holiday gift baket is loaded with juicy Navels and Indian River Red Grapfruit. We’ve dressed it up for the holidays and addin and extra touch of Christmas with milk chocolate cranberries, gingerbread cookies, holiday blend coffee and peppermint divinity. This makes a memorable gift!
  • Traditional Grove Gift Basket. Our Traditional Grove Basket is intentionally reminiscent of the times when wooden crates were the novelty. This nostalgic basket is overflowing with 20 pounds of Navel Oranges and Indian River Red grapefruit, picked when their flavor is at its peak. Great to show your co-worker you appreciate them!
  • Key Lime Dessert Lover. The Key Lime Pie is Florida’s state pie. Give your co-worker a vacation to the Florida keys! Travel there year round through the cool, crisp flavors this basket of gourmet goodies. This gift basket includes the following items: Key Lime Juice 16-ounce, Key Lime Cheese Ball & Dessert Mix, Key Lime Créme Brulée, Key Lime Rum Cake, Key Lime Pie Filling & Key Lime Desserts by Joyce LaFray.

These fruit gifts are available for order 24/7 at orangering.com. You can be sure our Indian River citrusis fresh picked and shipped daily.

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

indian river oranges
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.