Why Does Santa Put Florida Oranges in Christmas Stockings?

When you were a kid remember digging past the candy and toys to the bottom of your Christmas stocking and pulling out a bright, shiny Florida orange? Finding an orange in the toe of your Christmas stocking is an old and cherished tradition. Before the advent of modern shipping, oranges were a rare and valued delicacy in the middle of winter, not something the average person could afford. It’s serendipity that Florida navel oranges come into season just in time to be loaded onto Santa’s sleigh!

The legend of the Christmas orange harkens back to the time of the original Saint Nick. According to the story, Saint Nicholas was a rich man who devoted his life to helping the poor. He learned of a poor man with three beautiful daughters who wished to marry but could not because they had no dowries. The man was too proud to accept charity; so on Christmas Eve Saint Nicholas tossed three bags of gold coins down the chimney of their home, one for each daughter. The gold landed in the girls’ stockings which had been washed and hung over the fireplace to dry. In the morning the delighted girls discovered the gold coins in the toes of their stockings and were able to marry their true loves.

To bring similar luck and prosperity to their children, parents began placing sweet, juicy oranges in their children’s Christmas stockings to represent the bright, shiny gold coins of Christmas legend!

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December 12 Is Last Day to Order Florida Citrus for Holiday Delivery

If you haven’t ordered your Florida citrus gift baskets or Florida Orange Fruit Club plans yet, it’s time to stop procrastinating. December 12 — THIS WEDNESDAY! — is the last day to place a standard shipping Florida Orange order for Christmas delivery. We will still be able to accommodate express delivery holiday orders through early next week, and there is still time to order for late December delivery before New Year’s; but time is running out. (If you are shipping a Florida Orange order to Louisiana, Texas, California, Arizona or Canada; orders placed after December 12 will be shipped in January due to U.S. Department of Agriculture restrictions.)

Nothing brightens up someone’s day like the gift of Florida sunshine. Sweet, juicy and delicious, Florida oranges and Florida grapefruit are packed with vitamin C and other essential nutrients, making them the perfect choice for holiday snacking and mealtime treats. December is the final month to order easy-peeling Florida Fall tangerines and Florida Scarlet navels. The jolly red color of its fruit makes Florida Scarlet navels the perfect holiday orange. A thoughtful holiday gift; you’ll want to order extra Scarlet navels to decorate holiday punches and add extra color to favorite holiday recipes.

To save 10% off all your Florida Orange holiday gifts, enter the coupon code “blog” at checkout when you place your online order.

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Florida Citrus Punch Recipes Add Zing to Holiday Parties

If you want to give your holiday party some zing, serve one of these refreshing holiday punches. Fresh Florida citrus fruit is the magic ingredient that gives these punch recipes their appealing clean, fresh flavor.

Sparkling Florida Ruby Red Grapefruit Punch

6 cups fresh-squeezed Florida Ruby Red grapefruit juice
2 cups Grand Marnier liqueur
2 bottles spumanti (white sparkling wine)
1 Florida Ruby Red grapefruit, thinly sliced into rounds

Combine grapefruit juice and liqueur in a punch bowl. Chill. Immediately before serving, add the spumanti. Garnish with Florida Ruby Red grapefruit slices.

For non-alcoholic punch: substitute 2 cups fresh-squeezed Florida orange juice plus 2 tablespoons orange extract for the Grand Marnier.

Spiced Florida Orange Punch

8 sprigs fresh thyme
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
6 cups fresh-squeezed Florida orange juice
4 cups gin
5 cups club soda, chilled

Combine sugar, 4 sprigs of thyme (reserve the remaining sprigs for garnish) and water in a saucepan and boil for 3 to 5 minutes until the sugar is dissolved. Remove the thyme sprigs and chill. In a punch bowl, combine the orange juice, gin and syrup. Immediately before serving, add the club soda (and the Juniper Berry soda or ginger ale if making non-alcoholic punch). Garnish with thyme sprigs.

For non-alcoholic punch: substitute 4 cups Juniper Berry soda from drysoda.com (available at Urban Outfitters) or ginger ale.

Stock up on fresh Florida grapefruit and oranges for the holidays. Enter the coupon code “blog” to save 10% off your Florida Orange order.

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Grapefruit and Medicine: Get the Facts

If you are a Today show regular, you may have seen last week’s segment about grapefruit and its possible interaction with certain medications. News stories about the Canadian study on which the Today report was based have caused some people to ask whether they can continue to enjoy the Florida grapefruit and fresh-squeezed Florida grapefruit juice they love. Because we value the health and safety of our customers, we wanted to give you the facts.

The Canadian report is not really news. A 1998 report by the same Canadian researcher reported that eating grapefruit or drinking grapefruit juice may increase the body’s absorption of certain statins, cardiac medications and other drugs. The new report increases the number of named drugs (most developed since the first report) that may have the potential to interact with grapefruit.

As reported in The Lakeland Ledger, Florida Department of Citrus director of scientific research Dan King said, “We know of no validated evidence that co-administration of grapefruit juice with a drug has caused a dangerous drug interaction resulting in ‘serious adverse effects’ or actual harm to a patient’s health.” King said statements made in the study “are unnecessarily alarming and do not correctly reflect the current state of medical and scientific understanding on this topic.”

If you are concerned about the affect grapefruit may have on medications you are taking, we urge you to talk to your healthcare provider. Fortunately, you can always switch to eating fresh Florida oranges which do not interact with medicine.

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Pregnant? Florida Oranges Help Protect You and Your Baby

Orange juice tops the list of 5 foods all pregnant women need, says Parents.com. In addition to meeting 100% of the daily requirements for vitamin C, an 8-ounce glass of fresh-squeezed Florida orange juice is packed with folic acid and other vital nutrients that promote good health for both the growing fetus and the mom-to-be.

Adding fresh Florida navel oranges to your daily diet when you’re pregnant offers several important health benefits:

  • Folic acid helps to prevent neural tube defects in the growing fetus, the most common of which is spina bifida. Eating foods that are high in folic acid is particularly important at the very start of pregnancy and during the first trimester when the baby’s brain and skeletal structure are undergoing critical development.
  • Vitamin C helps the body absorb iron and promotes the growth of strong muscles, blood vessels, bones, cartilage and connective tissues. Because vitamin C is water soluble, you must eat vitamin C rich foods every day to maintain your body’s supply. Vitamin C also helps maintain the collagen used by the body to repair tissue such as stretch marks.
  • Dietary fiber in oranges aids digestion and elimination.
  • Potassium helps lower blood pressure.

What other nutritious foods should mothers-to-be add to their daily menu? Parents.com also recommends yogurt, broccoli, lentils and figs.

Our sweet, juicy, delicious Florida navel oranges are on sale for the entire month of December at the special low price of $19.99 for 1 full tray. Order yours today!


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An Orange a Day Could Help Keep Cold Germs Away!

The holidays and cold season seem to go hand-in-hand. In every chorus of fa-la-la, you’re likely to hear a few sniffles and achoos! Despite what you mom may have told you, it’s not the cold weather that brings on colds. Colds are caused by microscopic viruses that waft through the air when someone sneezes or coughs. It’s simple bad luck that puts you in the line of fire.

Unfortunately, all the special communal activities we engage in during the holidays — shopping at the mall, attending school performances, standing in line to see Santa, gathering with friends and family — just serve to paint a bigger bull’s eye on our backs. Every minute we spend in holiday crowds increases our exposure and our risk of catching a cold.

There’s no cure for colds and no definitive proof that taking vitamin C will help prevent colds, but eating a sweet, juicy Florida navel orange a day could help you fight exposure to cold germs. Here’s what the highly respected Mayo Clinic says:

“Taking vitamin C before the onset of cold symptoms may shorten the duration of symptoms. Vitamin C may provide benefit for people at high risk of colds due to frequent exposure — for example, children who attend group child care during the winter.”

No one wants to be sick with a cold over the holidays. Eating a Florida orange a day is a delicious way to give your immune system the boost it needs to fight off cold germs!

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How Long Can Fresh Florida Oranges, Grapefruit Be Stored?

Some of our customers would love to order a bushel or two of our fresh, juicy Florida navel oranges or sweet Florida Ruby Red grapefruit, but hesitate to order large quantities of fresh Florida citrus fruit out of concern that the fruit may spoil before they can eat it all. Obviously, no one wants a single luscious Florida orange or grapefruit to go to waste!

Making multiple Florida Orange orders and spacing them several weeks apart is one way to solve the problem and ensure that you always have plenty of good-eating fresh Florida citrus fruit on hand. But ordering in larger quantities is admittedly easier and will save you a few pennies. (To save 10% on Florida Orange orders, enter the coupon code “blog” at checkout.)

To ensure that your order arrives at the peak of freshness, we ship our premium Florida citrus fruit in climate-controlled trucks to the post office that corresponds to the recipient’s shipping zip code. Local mail carriers then deliver your order to the recipient’s home.

When you receive your Florida citrus order, we recommend storing the fruit in a cool place at about 45 degrees F. which will keep it fresh for 2 to 3 weeks. If available, storage in a cool room is preferable to placing your fruit in a refrigerator as automatic air recycling can cause the fruit to dry out a bit.

To determine how much fruit to order, use the information on packing sizes available on our Customer Care page.

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