30 Ways to Use Oranges

How to use oranges

Did you know these 30 creative ways to use oranges? (photo credit: BigStockPhoto.com)

August is all about Arizona Oranges and we thought it would be fun to get to know these delicious orange orbs a little better.  Here are some fun facts, interesting bits of information, and delicious dishes that are all about oranges!

  • There are more than 3,000 people listed in the online version of the white pages with the last name ‘Orange’ but only 16 of them are listed in Arizona.
  • More than 70% of the oranges produced in the U.S. come from Florida and 90% of those oranges are used to make juice.
  • Brazil is the world’s largest producer of oranges.
  • Oranges are a technically berry which means they are about the biggest berries around.
  • Navel oranges got their name because the indentation on the opposite side from the stem looks a lot like a belly-button.  For the sweetest orange, pick the one with the biggest navel.
  • The greenish skin or a green tinge on the skin of some oranges is caused by a reabsorption of chlorophyll during particularly warm weather, but don’t worry, this doesn’t affect the taste.
  • Oranges offer a high dose of anti-oxidants which are believed to fight free radicals and other unhealthy cells that make you age faster.
  • Blood oranges got their name from the bright red color of the pulp inside the fruit.
  • Orange is the third most popular flavor in the world, following chocolate and vanilla.
  • We have Christopher Columbus to thank for all the oranges in America as he is believed to have been the one who brought the first orange seeds to the New World.

Here are some delicious dishes you can use to fill your family’s plate with delicious Arizona oranges this month.

  1. Apricot Appetizers
  2. Citrus Marinated Grilled Turkey
  3. Cool Arizona Melon Soup
  4. Cosmo Cranberry Sauce
  5. Oven-Fried Sweet Potatoes
  6. Popping Cranberry Sauce
  7. Pork Kabobs
  8. Orange Cake
  9. Asian Orange Chicken
  10. Cranberry Orange Chicken
  11. Crispy Orange Beef
  12. Orange Glazed Carrots
  13. Rosemary Chicken with Orange-Maple Glaze
  14. Orange Mini-Muffins
  15. Spinach Salad with Orange Vinaigrette 
  16. Cranberry Orange Scones
  17. Orange Fennel Salad
  18. Almond Mandarin Salad
  19. Orange Honey Garlic Chicken
  20. Grilled Scallops with Orange-Scented Quinoa
  21. Orange Sweet Rolls
  22. Orange Ginger Carrot Soup
  23. Orange Pound Cake with Orange Glaze
  24. Orange Pumpkin Loaf
  25. Hot and Sweet Orange Salad
  26. Baked Croissant French Toast with Orange Syrup
  27. Individual Orange and Chocolate Cheesecakes
  28. Orange Herb Roasted Chicken
  29. Tangy Poppy Seed Fruit Salad
  30. Orange Cream Cake


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