Orange Juice, a Heavenly Beverage
Watch Out for those Scorpions
Real orange juice from freshly-squeezed oranges, mmm--mmm--good! As it flows down my throat, it lifts me so high, I catch a glimpse of heaven every time! I don’t know how else to describe the sweet, pure taste of orange juice flowing across the tongue and down the throat. One must be careful not to drink too much at a time, of course, or dizziness can be the result. It’s very exciting to drink a glassful of juice containing two or three organically-grown oranges, although not terribly prudent. Even with good things, moderation needs to be observed.
But oh! The ecstasy of drinking pure orange juice! And to think I didn’t discover it until my 50th year. We were living in Arizona at the time. I had had processed orange juice, poured into a glass from the carton more than a thousand times in my life at that point and never thought it to be a big deal. Then one week I happened to become ill. Two or three days later, a neighbor named Lark heard from another neighbor that I’d been ill. Lark picked oranges from the tree in her backyard, squeezed them with the little orange-squeezing machine every true Arizonan has and then she brought me a full pitcher of freshly-squeezed orange juice. I didn’t know if my stomach would allow even a sip of anything other than water, but I gratefully took the cup of orange juice she poured me. One sip turned into a gulp and another gulp as I felt life being restored to my body. I learned within seconds what the feeling of rejuvenation can be like.
Every time I drink pure orange juice in the morning, I feel that same kind of rejuvenation although to a lesser degree now that I’m healthy.
Choose Yourself Some Nutrition Today
Oranges are usually very expensive here on Maui, even the non-organic kind. Prices fluctuate between $1.98 to $2.69 a pound unless the oranges are on sale. Sometimes the non-organically grown oranges come on sale for as low as $.69 a pound. They get bought up quickly. The organically-grown oranges stay at the $2.99 per pound mark almost every week but occasionally are a little cheaper. No matter that they cost like gold, they are worth every penny.
Mostly, we can get Navel Oranges here. A medium-sized Navel orange contains no fat, no cholesterol and no sodium. (Zero percent in each category.) There are 250 milligrams of potassium in a medium-sized Navel orange and one gram of protein. In that same little orange, there are 14 grams of sugar, traces of niacin, thiamin, B6, selenium, copper, manganese, copper, folate, riboflavin, calcium and magnesium. What a bargain for a mere 50 cents. Too bad there's all that sugar, you say? I love that sugar! And the most exciting news of all: In one medium-sized orange there is approximately 130 percent of your daily requirement for Vitamin C.
In Arizona, there are several kinds of oranges available. There are Valencia, Navel and the Tangelows. There are others -- which I can't remember. These are the memorable varieties to me.
I do like to go to the market to buy oranges. I quite prefer it to having an orange tree in the backyard.
In Mesa, Arizona, there are many housing developments standing where -- ten or fifteen years ago -- there were acres and acres of orange orchards. Scorpions live in orange orchards. When the orange trees are ploughed down and carted away, the scorpions don’t leave the vicinity. They dig in for the long term. If your house happens to be sitting where the scorpions like to live, it’s you or them to the finish.
Scorpions are especially agile at climbing into bedrooms and kitchens through the air conditioning vents. If you live where an orange orchard used to sit, Lucky You if you have a brother, nephew, son or husband who will go out to the backyard and take care of any unwanted critters. Scorpions are very difficult to see. They hide really well. How can the menfolk take care of the scorpions when the scorpions are so good at hiding? The answer is: By illuminating them with a black light and then whisking them with a shot of propane. It isn’t nice and it can surely ruin a girl’s morning drink if she isn’t careful to concentrate on the finer things in life – like the glorious taste of freshly squeezed orange juice.
Oranges for the Taking
© 2011 Pamela Dapples