Friday, August 13, 2010

Fun Facts on Florida Citrus

  • Citrus Fruits are not native to Florida, they were brought to the area by the Spanish in the 1500's 
  • Florida is the second largest orange grower in the World after Brazil
  • Citrus has been grown commercially since the 1800's 
  • Florida oranges produce most of the orange juice consumed in the US
  • Florida grows oranges, lemons, grapefruits, tangelos, temples and tangerines
  • Florida citrus is 25% heavier than other kinds of citrus due to its thinner skin and higher juice content.
  • Citrus is a wonderful source of vitamin C, potassium, niacin, B6, folate, thiamin and calcium
  • Oranges grown on the South side of the tree are sweeter!
  • Oranges have a shelf life of 2 weeks and are best stored in a cool place

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