Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Orange you glad it's orange season?

One of the great things about this time of year is that citrus fruits are in season! Oranges are at their peak between December and mid spring, so now is the time to buy them for the best taste and price. There are even many different colors of oranges available now to introduce your children to. From regular Valencia oranges, to pink-fleshed cara caras, to maroon colored blood oranges, your choices are varied. Oranges are a nutrient-rich food because they offer many nutrients but have very few calories. One large orange contains only 86 calories but has about 4 grams of fiber, folate, potassium, and a full day's supply of vitamin C. Oranges also contain many antioxidants and phytochemicals that are thought to help prevent certain cancers, heart disease and stroke.

Buy oranges that are heavy for their size which indicates a juicy orange (not a dried-up one). Choose oranges that are firm, evenly shaped, and bruise-free.

Remember to serve the whole orange instead of juice most often so that you get the benefit of the healthy fiber! Enjoy!

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