Orange Juice

by ForestBear

Simple & Easy Orange Juice Recipes

Fresh Orange Juice

a popular fruit juice

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orange-juiceOrange Juice is probably one of the most common fruit juices to go on the breakfast table, but although commercial juices and concentrates taste good, a freshly squeezed orange juice tastes even better.

Making your own orange juice is super quick and easy, and as oranges are relatively cheap and have a high water content, they are well suited for making healthy and economical fruit juices.

There are many different types of oranges suitable for juicing, so here is an overview of the most common orange types, as well as some simple orange juice recipes.



How to make fresh Orange Juice

Making orange juice is very easy, all you need to do is peel the oranges, and run them through a juicer. Depending on the size of the chute of the juice machine, you may need to cut them into smaller pieces to fit.

If you don't have a juicer, you can also use citrus press, or simply squeeze the oranges by hand, and then run the juice through a strainer (unless you want the pulp). However, this method will not provide as much orange juice as if done using a juicer.

Making a Standard Orange Juice:

Peel and cut oranges (if required) and run them through the juicer, and voila a tasty fruit juice!

To make 1 glass of orange juice you'll need 4 oranges (approx. 120 calories), so use this as a basic guide.

Simple Recipes

with oranges

Oranges are great to mix with other fruits and citrus to create tasty fruit drinks, so here is a few ideas:

Orange Pineapple Juice:

  • 1/4 pineapple
  • 2 oranges
  • 1 cup of strawberries


Orange Kiwi Juice:

  • 1 grapefruit
  • 2 kiwi fruits
  • 1 orange


Orange Grapefruit:

  • 1 grapefruit
  • 2 oranges


Orange Mango Juice:

  • 1/2 mango
  • 2 oranges
  • 2 kiwi fruits


Big Breakfast Juice:

  • 2 green apples
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 orange
  • 2 pears


Orange Pineapple Juice:

  • 1/4 pineapple
  • 1 cup of strawberries
  • 2 oranges
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Types of Oranges

There are many varieties of oranges and some of more common types are Navel, Valencia, Cara Cara and Blood oranges. Other members of the orange family are the sweet Jaffa oranges, and the smaller oranges with loose skin such as mandarins, clementines and tangerines.

Navel oranges are well suited for eating and juicing as they has no seeds. It peels easily and stands out in the produce aisle with its little "button" opposite the stem end. For the best taste and nutritional value, navel oranges should be juiced and enjoyed straight away.

Valencia oranges are thin skinned and are small to medium sized. They may have seeds and can sometime become partly green (again) if the weather is very hot. Fresh juice from Valencia oranges can be kept overnight in the fridge without losing flavor.

Cara Cara oranges look similar to other navel oranges, but they appear more pink/reddish inside. They are very sweet and work well as a snack.

Blood (Moro) Oranges are small to medium sized and have thin skin. They only have a few seeds, and sometimes none, and they are dark red inside. They have a strong flavor and are well suited for marinades, sauces, salads and dips.

Apart from the high content of Vitamin C in oranges, there are also other nutrients such as Vitamin A and folate, so there's every reason not to forget about the orange tree :-)

Happy Juicing

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Updated: 09/08/2016, ForestBear
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Tolovaj on 07/02/2012

I like oranges and I like orange juice. Oranges are also great supplement of lemons in the kitchen and important source of calcium...

katiem2 on 02/26/2012

Nice, Now I'm thirsty for something with oranges, I have those and much of the other fruits mentioned. I'm off to create a nice orange drink. Thanks

sandyspider on 08/18/2011

I love orange juice. We have a juicer that get messy. Have to find it. Fresh squeeze is always better.

theraggededge on 08/14/2011

Love orange juice. I add sparkling water to my kid's juice.

ForestBear on 08/12/2011

hi mivvy, thank you for stopping by, yes blood oranges can be hard to get hold of. Cara Cara oranges are grown in California and Venezuela. Think they are in South Africa too

sara on 08/12/2011

My favorite is orange strawberry and banana juice, Thanks for the recipes.

MugTreasuresByBrenda on 08/12/2011

We've never made fresh orange juice, we should. You've made it sound good.

ohcaroline on 08/12/2011

I have always squeezed my own juice. I don't bother with the bottled juices. My favorite juices are tangerine and grapefruit. I am just getting started using a juicer. I have always hand squeezed till now. Good information here.

mivvy on 08/12/2011

Blood oranges are my favourite, but I can't always find them, probably because they are seasonal.I never heard of cara cara oranges, where do they grow?

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