Thursday, March 9, 2017

Benefits of Oranges


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Benefits of Oranges - Lot of recipes to choose from!  Slice of Southern


There is still plenty of citrus in the markets, so before it goes away until next year I wanted to talk a little about Oranges.

Oranges are one of the greatest members of the citrus family.  Nutrients in oranges are plentiful and diverse. The fruit is low in calories, contains no saturated fats or cholesterol, but is rich in fiber.

Benefits of Oranges - Lot of recipes to choose from!  Slice of Southern


Oranges, like other citrus fruits, are an excellent source of vitamin C, vitamin A, and other antioxidants.  They also contain minerals like potassium and calcium.  Oranges are in season  from October to February/March, (depending on the variety) although I am still seeing these delicious beauties everywhere.  Some varieties of sweet oranges are Valencia, Navel, Persian variety, blood orange, and Cara Cara.

I'm IN LOVE with Cara Cara oranges right now!

Oranges can be kept at room temperature for a week or so. They will also stay fresh for a few weeks in the refrigerator.  

Celebrate the goodness of oranges while they are still around!  Here are some of my favorite orange recipes:


Orange Salad with Arugula and Spinach - Using fresh in season oranges!  Slice of Southern

Orange Salad with Arugula and Spinach




Simple Asian Salad - a great use of Mandarin oranges!  Slice of Southern

Simple Asian Salad




Blood Orange and Pear Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette - fresh ripe oranges are delish!!  Slice of Southern


Blood Orange and Pear Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette




California Salad - a mix of chicken, fruits and veggies.  Great health benefits in this one!  Slice of Southern

California Salad




Orange Iced Tea - what's better than tea with juicy oranges in it? Simply refreshing!   Slice of Southern




Pork Chops in an Orange Cumin Sauce - Oh my, sweet and earthy at the same time.  Heaven!  Slice of Southern





Caribbean Chicken Salad - Built for flavor and bursting with Mandarin Oranges!  Slice of Southern

Caribbean Chicken Salad


Enjoy!




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