Ways to eat a Valencia Orange
Summer heat can be oppressive and nearly bleed you dry, but sweet, juicy summer Florida Valencia oranges are here to quench your thirst and save the day. These medium-sized, golden-hued, sweet oranges have a well-balanced, classic, sweet-tart orange taste and brightly-colored juice making them the ultimate orange for juicing.
It may sound like Valencias are from another country (Spain to be exact) but they were actually crossed and hybridized by William Wolfskill, an American land developer and agronomist in California, in the mid 19th century.
Valencia Orange has many benefits.
- It is high in vitamin C which is a powerful antioxidant that helps protect the body from harmful free radicals. The Vitamin C found in Valencia oranges is also anti-inflammatory (it prevents soreness and damage to muscle tissue). Vitamin C is also fundamental for growth, development, and repair of body tissues and is necessary in many bodily functions such as formation of collagen, iron absorption, boosting the immune system, healing of wounds, and upkeep of bones.
- It contains vitamin A that helps maintain normal vision, helps the immune system, and assists in reproduction. Vitamin A also helps in making the heart, kidneys, lungs, and other internal organs perform their tasks properly.
- 3 grams of dietary fiber is found in Valencia oranges. Dietary fiber helps lower cholesterol, reduces risk of colon cancer, and promotes regular bowel movement.
- If you buy Valencia oranges you will also benefit by getting 10% folate, 8% thiamin, 7% potassium, and 5% calcium toward your body’s daily needed amounts.
Ways to Eat Valencias
When you buy Valencia oranges online, at fruit stands, in grocery stores or at your local supermarket, you would be right to think they are great for juicing and maybe eating out of hand. However, there are other ways for you to enjoy these wonderful summer treats.
- Valencia Oranges make great marmalade.
- You can use the juice and zest of Valencia Oranges to make marinades for beef, chicken, pork, and even duck.
- Juice and zest of Valencias can also be used to make syrups, vinaigrettes, and to flavor custards and other sauces.
- Use Valencia Oranges for cocktails or garnishing.
- Use summer Valencias when making light, fresh salads.
- You can dip Valencia Orange slices into melted dark chocolate, and even pair it with cheese, berries, poultry and other seafood.