The Navel Orange: One of the World’s Most Healthful and Popular Clones

April 30, 2009 by  
Filed under Florida Oranges, Navel Oranges

Fresh Citrus has enormous health benefits

Fresh Citrus has enormous health benefits

Oranges are very popular fruits worldwide.  Not only do oranges have a unique taste, they can be found in great abundance and varieties, and oranges have many health benefits. 

One of the most popular of the orange varietals is the citrus sinensis, also known as the Navel Orange.  When a naval orange is peeled, there is a partially formed, undeveloped conjoined “twin” fruit on the blossom end.  From the outside, the blossom end looks like a human navel.  Navel oranges are seedless, and the flesh is naturally very sweet and juicy.

One of the interesting facts about navel oranges is that technically every navel orange is a clone which comes from the same orange tree from a Brazilian plantation almost 200 years ago.  The tree generated spontaneous mutations, and people started cultivating navel oranges in other regions.  Because navel oranges are seedless, they can only be cultivated through cuttings and grafted onto fresh stock for expansion and to ensure that the orchard stays healthy.  Today in the United States navel oranges are grown primarily in Arizona, California and Florida and are considered a very important industry.

Among their many health benefits, naval oranges are very high in fiber which helps improve cholesterol ratios in the body.  Fiber helps regulate sugar levels in the blood, aids in preventing colon cancer.  But navel oranges are perhaps best known for their main nutritional ingredient, the antioxidant vitamin C. 

The human body does not naturally produce vitamin C on its own.  Millions of people drink orange juice from navel oranges everyday in the morning as a source of vitamin C as well as to enjoy the taste of this sweet, refreshing fruit.  Vitamin C not only helps boost the human immune system, but it also aids in healing wounds, helps the body absorb iron and prevents heart disease.  Beta-carotene, which helps prevent cell damage, is another antioxidant that can be found in navel oranges.

Depending on your region, you can find fresh navel oranges from winter through late spring.  When you buy navel oranges at the market, make sure you pick out the oranges that are heavy for their size and that don’t have any soft spots or pitting.  In some areas of the United States, you can also grow navel oranges yourself, and navel orange trees can often be found nurseries along with other types of citrus fruits.  Most citrus trees have aromatic flowers that can be used for a variety of purposes in addition to yielding delicious, nutritious edible fruit.

Citrus & Improving Your Weight Loss – Two Tips For Success

April 29, 2009 by  
Filed under Fitness, Health, Lifestyle, Living

Losing weight by running is a great idea – it works quite well. On top of that not only can you lose fat but running also improves your cardiovascular system, improves your stamina and is generally a great exercise for your heart and lungs. However as anyone who has ever tried to lose weight by running can tell you, it seems to work very well when you start but as you continue to run your weight loss starts to decline. The reason for this is that your body has adapted to doing that particular physical activity and doesn’t need as much energy as before.

What this means for you though is that while you are losing fat really fast for the first few days or weeks, the results soon become less than impressive to the point where you hardly see any results at all. This is very frustrating since you know it worked great before, in fact this frustration can cause someone to abandon the idea of running for weight loss altogether, which would be a mistake. So how does one solve this problem and get great results once more?

Increase Intensity

Assuming that your diet is in order and no changes should be made to it. There are only two ways to get better results from doing a certain exercise – increase the amount of time spent doing it, or increase the intensity. Since running already takes a fairly long time I am going to guess that most people aren’t looking forward to a 2 hour long daily run, which leaves the other option. By increasing intensity, in this case running faster you can get a large increase in amount of calories burned.

Take Supplements

Taking supplements can also improve your weight loss results. For example acai berry can detox your body, which is great as it will make you feel better and more energetic. It can also improve weight loss and decrease appetite, which could be very helpful because when you increase intensity of your runs, you will burn more calories and feel more hungry, it is important to not over eat and appetite suppressants make doing so much easier.

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About the Author

Jone Dow has a lot of weight loss experience and is now interested in acai berry products and how acai can help you lose some weight

Everything You Wanted to Know About Navel Oranges

April 27, 2009 by  
Filed under Florida Oranges, Navel Oranges

Red Navel Oranges, often called "Ravels"

Red Navel Oranges, often called "Ravels"

Navel oranges are possibly the most popular of the citrus fruits in the world.

Navel Oranges get their name from the navel-like spot that is found on the blossom end of the fruit. This happens because they are connected when they first bloom – similar to conjoined twins. You can find navel oranges growing in Brazil, Florida, California and Arizona.

The navel orange is known as a Bahia Navel Orange, Washington or Riverside, but its scientific name is Citrus Sinensis. Navel oranges are a seedless fruit, so they have to be propagated from its cuttings.

The sweet taste of the natural juices in the navel orange is what makes them so popular. They can be consumed out of hand or they can be squeezed into a refreshing drink. Some place them in a juicer mixed with other fruits to make a punch. Oranges can also be used in fruit salads or turned into a jam.

The navel orange is an undeveloped fruit, which is why they come conjoined after blossoming. Depending on the region, they can be found blooming from winter through late spring. Navel oranges are known to blossom from the same tree. Farmers use the cuttings of the navel orange and periodically graft them into fresh stock. This helps to ensure they will be healthy and abundant.

The Brazilians believe there was a spontaneous mutation that occurred hundreds of years ago with the oranges because of their conjoined state at their blossom state. This supposedly occurred around 1820 – this made navel oranges a hit in various regions. Many people began to farm and produce them for the markets. The first place to cultivate these oranges was Riverside, California, which brought about one of their nicknames.

When searching for fresh oranges of this kind, it is best to get them between their seasons, between winter and late spring. At the market, you can feel them to see how heavy they are; they should feel weighty with no soft spots or molding.

A lot of people grow oranges themselves, if their regions allow them to. They make great additions to gardens and are, of course, a great healthy food source. They smell great and look great as well. The trees of the navel oranges also produce aromatic flowers. You can find these trees being sold in various nurseries around the globe. Planting them is easy and managing them isn’t too difficult.

Who Else Loves Valencia Oranges?

Close-Up: Orange blossoms on a Florida Valencia Orange Tree

Close-Up: Orange blossoms on a Florida Valencia Orange Tree

Known as a sweet orange, Valencia Oranges are on average, 2 3/4 to 3 inches in diameter. Valencia’s have a bright orange color and product o to 6 seeds in each fruit.

You can find Valencia Oranges blossoming in the months between March and June. Valencia oranges are able to adapt in various climates, so they can be grown in many different states and countries. Some types that are available for planting are the Rohde Red Valencia, which has a superior peel that is internally flesh colored.

About 50% of this citrus fruit that are produced in the crops are Valencia oranges. It is also the main variety being produced in Florida today.

There are usually two crops after blossoming on the tree – old and new. Its best quality is internally, which is very juicy and sweet, making it a great option for both processed markets and fresh markets. You will rarely find Valencia being harvested before a freeze hit, since it is a late variety.

Most of the hedging is done before or after the harvesting of the crop, but must be done frequently during the same time annually – this helps to prevent having to remove a lot of fruit and wood.

When you’re picking out a selection of Valencia oranges, make sure that they are firm and heavy. It is best to get those that are thin-skinned and smooth. Make sure there are no bruises, mold or other irregularities on them. As Valencia oranges begin to fully ripen, they become a golden color.

During the warm seasons, while the oranges are still in the tree, their skin reabsorbs chlorophyll from the leaves, which causes them to turn green again – this begins at the stem. At this point, the oranges are actually ready, sweet and juicy.

All About Temple Oranges

Temple oranges, also known as tangor, are hybrid citrus fruits. They’re hybrids of the mandarin orange and the sweet orange.

The mandarin orange is a tangerine – this is how tangor came into play. The name tangor is a combo of tangerine and orange. There are all sorts of varieties of the temple oranges, there’s

  • King, or King of Siam
  • Murcott, or Honey Murcott, Murcott Honey Orange, Red, Big Red
  • Ortanique, which are found in Jamaica – comes from orange, tangerine and unique
    Umatilla or Umatilla Tangelo

Then there are the Temple oranges from Japan, including:

  • Iyokan, also known as sweet oranges
  • Miyauchi Iyo, has an early ripening
  • Othani Iyo, has a later ripening
  • Kiyomi, Trovita navel orange
  • Setom, Trovita navel orange

Temple oranges are from the class of Eudicots and the Rutaceae family.

Temple oranges are thought to be identical to the Magnet orange in Japan. The seed of the temple orange was believed to be discovered by a fruit buyer by the name of Boyce. He went to Jamaica in 1896 to buy oranges – this was after a really cold winter in Florida. After finding it, he sent the budwood to Winter Park, Florida. Word began to spread quickly about the new find. One was planted in the grove of L.A. Hakes, who then spread the word to W.C. Temple. Temple then recommended it to H.E. Gillett, the owner of Buckeye Nurseries. The orange was then named, propagated and marketed in 1919. It wasn’t until after 1940 when it began to be planted extensively.

The peel of the temple oranges are between deep orange and deep red. The peel is glossy and a bit rough and thick, almost like leather. You can find about 20 seeds in temple oranges. The tree it blossoms in it thorny and bushy – it grows better in Florida than Texas and California. Temples are medium to large, between 2 5/8 and 31/4 inches in wide and 2 ¼ and 2 ½ in height. It is usually round or oblate. About 25 percent of the temple oranges are under-developed and have a green inside.

They are very juicy and sweet, making them a great treat or snack throughout the day. The oranges have nitrogen and potassium excessively applied to them, which produces the acidity of the juice. Those with low acid juice have lower rates of nitrogen and potassium, but high rates of phosphorous.

Facts About Honeybells (Honeybell Oranges)

Pictured: Ripe Honeybells from Hale Groves

Pictured: Ripe Honeybells from Hale Groves

Honeybell oranges, also known as Minneola tangelos, are a citrus fruit. They are actually hybrids of a Darcy tangerine and Duncan grapefruit; and sometimes with the Bowen grapefruit and Darcy tangerine.

Honeybells are usually the size of an adult fist and has a mixed sweet n sour flavor of the sweet mandarin and the tart flavored grapefruit. They’re also very juicy – usually way more juice than it has flesh. Since they have loose skin, they are pretty easy to peel, especially when compared to regular oranges.

In 1931, the Honeybell oranges were released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Horticulture Research Station in Orlando. You can easily identify Honeybells by their stem-end neck, which gives it a bell shape, which gave it its name.

It has a bright red orange color when it is fully mature. The skin is thin, making it a quick snack. Although it comes from a tangerine mix, they come in large sizes; usually between 3 and 3 ½ inches in diameter. You can also find between 0 and 12 seeds – 10 on average – in each Honeybell orange.

These oranges are very fruitful on their own, so they must be interplanted with pollenizers, like Sunburst tangerines, Temple tangerines or Fallglo tangerines, but each year there is usually a full crop to be plucked. Farmers usually plant them with mandarin orange or tangelo trees – this helps with the cross pollination and the crop overall. You can find them ripening between December and February – January is the peak month.

These make for great fruits during the winter.
The best place for the Honeybell to grow is in Floridian climates. They aren’t the most profitable orange to grow because their crop sizes are very unpredictable each year. Some years will offer abundance and others scarcity – this is why sometimes you see that they cost a bit more one year and cheaper the next. It is still the most popularly grown of the tangelo types.
Honeybell oranges are great for all sorts of dishes, including fruit salads, green salads and fruit drinks. Some even put vinaigrette dressing on them. Honeybells can also be placed on top of focaccia. Grilled honeybell oranges are also a popular choice. Marinades made with Honeybell oranges too make a great choice.

So this fruit is definitely a great choice for summertime meals and desserts. Honeybell oranges are popular all over the world.

Use of Essential Oils Especially When Caring For Skin

April 23, 2009 by  
Filed under Fitness, Health, Lifestyle, Living

Vegetable, nut and seed oils are called “carriers” because they are used to “carry” or to transport a substance such as an essential oil to another place. In this case the essential oil is added to the carrier oil for the purpose of applying the essential oil directly to the skin. The oils used most frequently are Sweet Almond, Sunflower and Olive.

The skin is the largest organ of the body. Once essential oils have passed the epidermis and the underlying structure of the skin, they are carried in the blood circulation to every cell of the body. Studies have shown that once essential oils have passed through the skin most can be detected in exhaled air within 20 to 60 minutes.

Essential oils are basically oil extracts from naturally found and grown ingredients like nutgrass, sage, fennel, palm, and shea nut. There are many more such ingredients and they are found in live stock too. One of these is fish oil and wrinkles can be effectively treated by using this particular oil.

Other common ingredients that are used in the form of essential oil and wrinkles treatment are lemon, patchouli, lime, myrrh, neroli, orange, oregano, palmarosa, thyme, vervain, violet leaf, yarrow, rose, and rosemary. These oils are sold in aromatherapy centers as individual compositions also. However if you find it too laborious to choose and pick an oil or a combination of oils, then you can try the natural wrinkle creams which have these ingredients as contents. The natural oils which are sold have all or few of these ingredients in high concentrations and usually prove to be more effective than using individual oils as an everyday treatment.

Using essential oils for cellulite treatment is not a new idea. Companies who sell cellulite treatments have been using these oils for years. The types vary depending on what company is selling the treatment, but they typically include any oils that will make the skin plumper and more moisturized, softer, and tauter. Essential oils may include juniper, clary sage, grapefruit, black pepper, ginger, lemon, orange, fennel, tangerine and cypress. In addition, common oils such as olive oil can help to nourish and smooth the skin.

You can use essential oils in the same way that you would use a massage oil or a lotion. The massaging action may even help to stimulate the skin and surrounding cells when you are rubbing it into your problem areas, so you can provide a double dose of treatment.

Fungal infection of the nails is the one of the most difficult of all disorders to cure. Both fingernails and toenails may be affected, although toenail fungal infection is the most common type. There are a number of oral medications that have been promoted as effective cures, and, indeed, many of these medications eradicate nail fungus. However, all of these medications have the potential of causing significant toxicity, including liver damage. Oil of oregano aids in the cure primarily through topical application, although internal consumption may be necessary however, this must be under the direction of a professional health care provider. The oil has a deep penetrating power, which aids in the destruction of nail fungus, since this fungus infects the root of the nail bed as well as the surface. Regarding essential oils, oil of oregano’s ability to destroy nail fungus is unmatched. Rub oil of oregano liberally into involved nails as often as possible. Be sure to reduce sugar intake.

FUNGAL INFECTION OF SKIN AND NAILS

Fungal infection of the skin & nails is one of the most difficult of all disorders to cure. Tea Tree and Oregano essential oils aids in eradicating primarily through topical application. These oils have a deep penetrating power, which aids in the destruction of nail fungus, since this fungus infects the root of the nail bed as well as the surface. These oils are included in our Healthy Nail Blend along with 5 other powerful essential oils.

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Citrus Fruit Baskets: Traditional and Life-Affirming?

Easter Theme Citrus Gift Basket

Easter Theme Citrus Gift Basket

One of the healthiest and increasingly popular gifts to send during the holidays or some special event is a citrus fruit basket.  Citrus fruits are enjoyed by just about everybody, and they are an important food source which contain essential vitamins and minerals, such as Vitamin C and many others.  In ancient times the fruits and flowers of citrus trees became renowned for their fragrance, which was used to perfume rooms, repel insects and sweeten breath.  Some believed that citrus fruits were remedies for poison or sickness.  Alexander the Great brought the first citrus fruits from India to his empire in Greece in 4th Century BCE, and later in 1493, Christopher Columbus introduced citrus fruits to the New World.  Florida and California are now the largest producers of the world’s finest fresh fruits which go into the best citrus fruit baskets.

The most common citrus fruits that go into a citrus fruit basket are traditional favorites that are generally available in the United States all year long, such as grapefruit, orange, clementine, tangerine, mandarin, lemon, lime, kumquat and pummelo.  Many gourmet citrus baskets also include pears, figs, apples or grapes as well as nuts, crackers and cheese to add a variety of taste as well as aroma and elegant decoration.  Occasionally other more exotic citrus fruits are included if they are seasonal and appropriate to the celebration or event.

You simply won’t go wrong when you send a citrus basket as a present.  Because the live fruits in a citrus basket are a celebration of life, they are most appropriate gifts to honor the birth of a baby, a wedding or anniversary, graduation or even a new job.  At the same time, the gift of a citrus fruit basket as condolence and sympathy in a time of grieving is more practical than sending flowers.  Sending a citrus basket to a mourner allows him or her to focus more on grieving for the departed loved one rather than having to cope with providing food and snacks for visitors paying respects.

The most traditional times of the year to send citrus fruit baskets are Thanksgiving, Christmas and Hanukkah when many people and businesses are expecting visitors and need to serve snacks that almost everyone will enjoy.  But a citrus fruit basket can also be enjoyed on more personal holidays like Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.  The gift of a citrus fruit basket is smart, thoughtful, and money-savvy yet can lead to years of appreciation on your investment, whether you send it to a business or to your family.

A Citrus Fruit Basket to Delight Mom On Mother’s Day!

images1This Mother’s Day, why not give Mom a gift that she’ll really appreciate — like a beautiful citrus fruit basket filled with delicious, nutritious fresh fruits as well as other favorites like nuts, cheese, crackers or chocolates!

You can have a lot of fun putting together a customized citrus fruit basket yourself without too much investment of time and money, but Mom will still love that you did it just for her.  However, if you need something at last minute, you can find a wide range on the Internet of beautifully hand crafted and decorated citrus baskets filled with a variety of fine fruits along with other goodies for anywhere from US$20 to $100 with an easy search.

In fact, citrus fruit baskets make excellent gifts for almost any special occasion or event.  Because the live fruits in a citrus basket are so joyous and life-affirming, they are very appropriate gifts to celebrate the birth of a baby, a wedding or anniversary, graduation or new job.  At the same time, a citrus fruit basket is a thoughtful condolence and sympathy gesture in a time of grieving.  Traditionally, the most popular times to send citrus fruit baskets are Thanksgiving, Christmas and Hanukkah when many people and businesses are expecting visitors and need to serve snacks that almost everyone will enjoy.

The most common citrus fruits that go into a citrus fruit basket are traditional favorites that are generally available in the United States all year long, such as orange, clementine, lemon, lime, grapefruit, tangerine, mandarin, and kumquat.  Occasionally other more exotic citrus fruits are included if they are seasonal and appropriate to the event.  Many gourmet citrus baskets also include pears, figs, apples or grapes as well as nuts, crackers and cheese to add a variety of taste as well as aroma and elegant decoration.

Almost everyone loves citrus fruits, which also contain essential vitamins and minerals, such as Vitamin C and many others, and are an important food source.  The history of citrus fruits goes back to ancient times when the fruits and flowers of citrus trees became renowned for their fragrance, which was used to perfume rooms, repel insects and sweeten breath.

With the gift of a citrus basket you just can’t go wrong.  The gift of a citrus fruit basket is smart, thoughtful, easy on the wallet but can lead to years of appreciation on your investment, whether you send it to a business, to your family – or even as a special present to yourself.  Whether you do it yourself or order it from a specialty company, what you may lack in dollars can be made up for in imagination.

Citrus Fruit Baskets Are a Great Way to Show Your Appreciation

Hale Groves of Florida -- Photo of Catalog Cover

Hale Groves of Florida -- Photo of Catalog Cover

The gift of a citrus fruit basket is not only an expression of love and caring but also the expression of life.  The history of citrus fruits goes back to ancient times when the fruits and flowers of citrus trees became renowned for their fragrance, which was used to perfume rooms, repel insects and sweeten breath.

Alexander the Great was believed to have brought the first citrus fruits from India to his empire in Greece in 4th Century BCE, and Christopher Columbus introduced citrus fruits to the New World in 1493.

It wasn’t until the late 19th Century that citrus fruits became known as important food sources containing essential vitamins, such as Vitamin C and many others.

Citrus fruit baskets make excellent gifts for almost any special occasion or event, such as the birth of a baby, wedding, anniversary, graduation, or as condolence and sympathy in a time of grieving.

Citrus baskets are especially appreciated during the holidays when many people and businesses are expecting visitors and need to serve snacks that almost everyone will enjoy.  Attractively decorated citrus baskets filled with a variety of delicious fine fruits along with other goodies can be found for anywhere from US$20 to $100 with an easy search on the Internet.

Among the most common citrus fruits that go into a citrus fruit basket are lemon, lime, grapefruit, orange, clementine, tangerine, mandarin, pummelo, kumquat, and occasionally other more exotic citrus fruits.  These ingredients are generally available in the United States all the time.  But many gourmet citrus baskets also include pears, figs, apples or grapes as well as nuts, crackers and cheese to add a variety of taste as well as aroma and an elegant look.  Almost everyone loves citrus fruits, so with the gift of a citrus basket it’s hard to go wrong.

The most popular times to send citrus fruit baskets are Thanksgiving, Christmas and Hanukkah because they are not only life-affirming but great for feeding guests who drop by.  But a citrus fruit basket can also be enjoyed on more personal holidays like Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.

Seeing a citrus fruit basket in the lunchroom on Secretary’s Day makes every office worker smile.  A sympathy gesture of a citrus basket to a mourner allows them to focus more on grieving rather than providing food and snacks for visitors paying respects.

The gift of a citrus fruit basket is thoughtful, smart and economic and can lead to years of return on your investment, whether you send it to a business or to a family.