As I write this (early 9 a.m.), I’ve already had 116% of my recommended daily allowance of Vitamin C, 12% of my RDA of fiber, and almost 10% of my RDA of folates. I’ve protected my cardiovascular and respiratory health, possibly lowered my cholesterol and prevented kidney stones and ulcers, and lowered my risk of developing Rheumatoid Arthritis. I did this by eating one orange.
(Info Source: Whole Foods; Image source: Public Domain image from Pixabay.com)
I also dribbled orange juice on my keyboard, but considering all the other accomplishments, it’s a pretty good start to the day, in my opinion.
As you might have figured out, I love oranges! Besides Christmas, oranges are the best part of winter. Sweet, juicy, healthy, filling, and low in calories (about 75 calories for the one I had this morning)–what’s not to love?
My favorite way to eat oranges is simply peeled and segmented, but I do have a few regular “recipes” in which I use fresh oranges. One is to combine fresh-squeezed orange juice with barbecue sauce (1:3 ratio) for Slow-cooker BBQ Chicken Breasts. Another is to use chopped orange, cranberries, and pecans in a tossed salad. No dressing necessary with all that luscious orange juice dripping all over the place. And, of course, my favorite turkey sandwich, with cranberry orange sauce. (My last batch of sauce used artificial orange sweetener, and I didn’t enjoy it nearly as much as with fresh-squeezed orange juice and zesty bits.)
My love of oranges is not all about the taste. I love the orange-y smell as well. One tried-and-true home fragrance tip is to toss orange peels, cinnamon sticks and a few cloves in a pot of water and let it simmer on the stove. From what I’ve heard (but not tried), you can also use dried orange peels in the fireplace to serve as both kindling and a nice aromatic experience.
Supposedly ants and other insects do NOT love oranges. One of my great-aunts used to sprinkle dried orange peels in her flower beds to repel ants and some other type bug I can’t remember. I have no idea if it worked; I was just intrigued by the sight of all the orange peels sprinkled everywhere. (But now I wonder what would happen if you pureed the peels with some soapy water and used it around the base of plants instead. Something to consider trying with my two tomato plants this year.)
I could go on and on about oranges, but by now you are probably wanting one (or more) yourself, and I don’t want to keep you from the juicy goodness. If you’d like to share your favorite way to eat oranges before you go, please do!
Or are you like the industrious-but-picky ants who don’t like oranges at all?