What rhymes with orange?

I’m not a big winter person and even though I grew up in the snow there is really only one thing, other than Christmas, that makes me happy about winter and that is citrus.  It’s citrus season!  Grapefruits, oranges, lemons and everything else citrusy is sweet, plentiful and cheap.

When I went to the grocery store there were several types of oranges.  Most I had tried before but there was one that I was unfamiliar with so I decided to buy one.  If I haven’t said it before I’ll say it now.  ALWAYS try new things.  You will never know if you like something until you have tried it.  Buy one and if you don’t like it you haven’t wasted too much money.  I always suggest trying anything several times and in several different ways.  I don’t care much for steamed Brussels sprouts but I love them roasted!!!  I would not know that unless I tried them first.  Off my soapbox now . . .

I purchased navel, blood and temple oranges (see picture below).  All of them were sweet and delicious.  The orange I had not tried before, the temple orange, was hands down my favorite!  Before I expound on the happiness that is the temple orange let me give you some orangey nutrition facts. 

An Average Orange

Calories – 65-85 (depending upon size)

Fat – 0 grams

Fiber – 4 grams

Sugar -12-17 grams (depending upon size)

Vitamin C – 160%

Good source of Thiamin, Folate and Potassium

Oranges are a great food and snack!  They travel well and citrus fruits tend to last longer than other fruits.  It is much better to eat an orange then orange juice because the orange is full of fiber which helps to keep you full and regular.  The fiber is missing from the juice.  Oranges are also automatically portioned controlled. 

I really did enjoy all the oranges but there was something about that temple orange.  Hiding behind the wrinkly skin and pale flesh was an amazing sweetness that I had not experienced in a long time.  This hybrid fruit (a cross between a mandarin and a sweet orange) has a short season, late January to mid February.  Catch them while you can!  I purchased mine for 6 for $2.00.  Good deal!

Just a little info on how to purchase oranges

In the store, buy fresh fruits that feature firmness, yet yield to gentle pressure but rebound immediately.  Fresh oranges have bright color and should feel heavy for their size (more juice), and have a sweet aroma.  

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