6 Easy Orange Juices for the Breakfast table

orange-juiceOrange Juice is probably one of the most common fruit juices to go on the breakfast table, and although commercial juices taste good, a freshly squeezed orange juice tastes even better (and is better for you anyway).  Making your own orange juice is super quick and easy, and as oranges are relatively inexpensive and have a high water content, they are well suited for making healthy and economical fruit juices. There are many different types of oranges suitable for juicing, so here is an overview of the most common orange types, as well as some simple orange juice recipes.

How to make fresh Orange Juice
Making orange juice is very easy, all you need to do is peel the oranges, and run them through a juicer. Depending on the size of the chute of the juice machine, you may need to cut them into smaller pieces to fit. If you don’t have a juicer, you can also use citrus press, or simply squeeze the oranges by hand, and then run the juice through a strainer (unless you want the pulp). However, this method will not provide as much orange juice as if done using a juicer.

Making a Standard Orange Juice: Peel and cut oranges (if required) and run them through the juicer, and voila a tasty fruit juice! To make 1 large glass of orange juice you’ll need 4 oranges (approx. 120 calories), so use this as a basic guide.

Oranges are great to mix with other fruits and citrus to create tasty fruit drinks, so here is a few ideas:

orange-carrot-juice1. Orange Carrot Juice

  • 2 oranges
  • 2 small carrots
  • 1/2 lemon
  • (optional – add a tiny bit of ginger)

2. Orange Pineapple Juice

  • 1/4 pineapple
  • 2 oranges
  • 1 cup of strawberries

3. Orange Kiwi Juice

  • 1 grapefruit
  • 2 kiwi fruits
  • 1 orange

orange-peach-juice4. Orange Peach Juice

  • 2 peaches or nectarines
  • 3 oranges

5. Big Breakfast Juice

  • 2 green apples
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 2 oranges
  • 1 pear

6. Orange Grapefruit Juice 

  • 1 grapefruit
  • 2 oranges

orangesTypes of Oranges
There are many varieties of oranges and some of more common types are Navel, Valencia, Cara Cara and Blood oranges. Other members of the orange family are the sweet Jaffa oranges, and the smaller oranges with loose skin such as mandarins, clementines and tangerines.

Navel oranges are well suited for eating and juicing as they has no seeds. It peels easily and stands out in the produce aisle with its little “button” opposite the stem end. For the best taste and nutritional value, navel oranges should be juiced and enjoyed straight away.

Valencia oranges are thin skinned and are small to medium sized. They may have seeds and can sometime become partly green (again) if the weather is very hot. Fresh juice from Valencia oranges can be kept overnight in the fridge without losing flavor.

Cara Cara oranges look similar to other navel oranges, but they appear more pink/reddish inside. They are very sweet and work well as a snack.

Blood (Moro) Oranges are small to medium sized and have thin skin. They only have a few seeds, and sometimes none, and they are dark red inside. They have a strong flavor and are well suited for marinades, sauces, salads and dips.

Apart from the high content of Vitamin C, oranges are also rich in Vitamin A and folate, so there’s every reason not to forget about the orange tree!

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