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Orange Juice, a Heavenly Beverage

Updated on May 22, 2014
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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

End of season picking of oranges and grapefruits.
End of season picking of oranges and grapefruits.

© 2011 Pamela Dapples


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    • DDE profile image

      Devika Primić 

      6 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Awesome photos and definitely a refreshing choice of drink, great hub with such helpful facts.

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      Pamela Dapples 

      7 years ago from Just Arizona Now

      Hi benisan85745! No, no -- you didn't offend me. I didn't have a clue what it was, is all. I'm kind of out of the loop with some subjects -- at my age. Have a great day!

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      7 years ago from Tucson, AZ.

      I apologize, I was being silly. "Kush", is a very popular strain of cannibas, and today being that cannibas is used "medicinally", when the sweet nectar of oranges, mix with the high potency of the T.H.C. makes it quite delictable. Also, prevents what is known as "cottonmouth". Again, I apologize if this comment offends you, its just something that came to mind when I saw that the topic was Oranges.

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      Pamela Dapples 

      7 years ago from Just Arizona Now

      I'm not sure what Kush is, but I'm glad you enjoy orange juice with it.

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      7 years ago from Tucson, AZ.

      Not for everyone, but yes, I will agree, freshly squeezed O.J. And my medicinal Kush, the two go hand in hand, and if anybody else out there not afraid to admit they use, its fine, but it is a mix I prefer every morning upon rising with "Three Little Birds".....

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      Pamela Dapples 

      7 years ago from Just Arizona Now

      snowdrops, thanks for coming by.

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      7 years ago from The Second Star to the Right

      oranges..oh i love the taste of these delicious and yummy sweet oranges

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      Pamela Dapples 

      7 years ago from Just Arizona Now

      Thanks, unknown spy, for stopping by.

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      Life Under Construction 

      7 years ago from Neverland

      Oranges!! I love fresh-squeezed orange juice. so yummy! The pictures are refreshing!

    • Pamela Kinnaird W profile imageAUTHOR

      Pamela Dapples 

      7 years ago from Just Arizona Now

      Olde Cashmere, I can see by your hub titles that you really understand the nutritional benefits of fruit. Thank you for all the votes and the sharing.

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      Olde Cashmere 

      7 years ago

      Fantastic article on this amazing beverage. I have had freshly squeezed orange juice as well and it blows away store bought varieties. I like how you described how it gave you a rejuvenating feeling while you were feeling ill, the power of fruit is is incredible. Voted up, shared, awesome, useful, and interesting :)

    • Pamela Kinnaird W profile imageAUTHOR

      Pamela Dapples 

      7 years ago from Just Arizona Now

      Keri Summers, yes, isn't the little worker a sweetie? Thanks for stopping by.

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      Keri Summers 

      7 years ago from West of England

      Really enjoyed the pics, especially the little worker on the juice production line at the top. Interesting to hear about the scorpion hangover from the orchards.

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      8 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      I like the photos. Orange juice is so healthy!

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      Susan Hazelton 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Pamela, I love the orange photos. Orange juice is my favorite drink, after coffee that is. Great job.

    • Pamela Kinnaird W profile imageAUTHOR

      Pamela Dapples 

      8 years ago from Just Arizona Now

      Fossillady, Azee Raja and Susie Duzy, thank you for reading this little article.

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      8 years ago from Delray Beach, Florida

      I love orange juice and I love your pictures.

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      azee raja 

      8 years ago from pakistan

      i love oranges and nice fresh looking oranges pics........

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      8 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      I bought a 5lb bag of navel oranges just I have a craving for! Great article Pamela and interesting too! Too bad about the scorpion problem! We live in Michigan on a property where Christmas tree farms and apple orchards used to be, but no scorpions, thank goodness ps. who's the little cutey squeezing organges

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      Pamela Dapples 

      8 years ago from Just Arizona Now

      Peter Dickinson and Becky Puetz, thank you for taking time to read my little hub.

      I accidentally omitted the part in it where I explain that many articles have been written on the fact that often times orange juice-making companies mix in the pulp and some of the orange peel, too, when mixing and preparing their product. There are pesticides on the outside of the oranges used by these big companies.

    • Becky Puetz profile image

      8 years ago from Oklahoma

      I enjoyed reading your hub and looking at the pictures, I feel refreshed :) I love fresh-squeezed orange juice. Unfortunately, I don't take the time to squeeze it myself as often as I should or would like to. Thanks for the awesome Hub.

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      Peter Dickinson 

      8 years ago from South East Asia

      Some nice photos there. I just had a glass of orange juice before I read your hub otherwise I would have had to go out and buy some. Interesting because I did not know about dizziness and orange juice. I sometimes drink a couple of pints at a time. Maybe if I knew I could get dizzy then I would have done. The scorpions also...I was unaware of their liking orange trees. Thank you for your article.


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