Orange juice is the most common juice you will find in the store. If we even think about juicing the chances are oranges or orange juice will come to mind (or possibly Jack LaLanne). Oranges are the quintessential juicing fruit and juicing oranges at home beats commercial orange juices hands down in every department. Commercial juice is less nutritious (often considerably so) due to heating and processing. There are often added and not so good for you ingredients such as preservatives… and don’t even get me started on added sugar!
Here are some great tips and advice for getting the best out of your fresh homemade orange juice recipes.
Picking Oranges for Juicing
When picking out oranges for juicing at the store or the market there are a few things to consider.
1) Smaller oranges tend to be juicer.
2) Oranges with thin skins also tend to be juicer.
3) Oranges that feel heavy and firm for their size are juicer
3) Organic oranges are higher in antioxidants.
Tips for Juicing Oranges
To pith or not to pith, that is the question? My answer is pith and pith some more. The pith is an outstanding source of antioxidants. There is as much vitamin C in the pith as the pulp of the orange. The vast majority of bioflavonoids in oranges are right there in the pith and other white membranes. Bioflavonoids are powerful antioxidants that can help protect us from cancer, heart disease and other degenerative disorders. So I always put as much of the pith through my juicer as I can. I even scrape it off the inside of the peel. Which brings me to another important point – don’t juice the actually skin, only the white pith between the skin and the orange.
The skin of oranges and grapefruits contain a substance that is indigestible and also harmful to us in large doses. However this only applies to grapefruits and oranges (including all their varieties like tangerines, tangelos and mandarins) but not to other citrus fruits like lemons and limes. The peels of lemons and limes are safe to consume.
Juicing the pith will produce a frothy juice that is a little less sweet, but it will produce an orange fruit juice that is decidedly higher in nutritional value. If it is not to your taste, not to worry, oranges juiced without the pith are still a great source of nutrition and extremely good for you.
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Darren Haynes 🙂