There’s nothing better than a tall glass of freshly squeezed orange juice-and while you can pay a pretty penny at a restaurant to get someone to squeeze the juice for you, it can be done just as easily at home in your own kitchen. For best results, it is essential to start with the best oranges. The ones described below are only a few of the oranges currently on the market, but many people would agree that they are some of the best for juicing. Consider combining one or more of the juices together for a unique flavor guaranteed to please even the fussiest eater!
Hamlin oranges are a moderately sized orange that are typically deep yellow color. While they are often eaten raw, their tart flavor also makes them ideal for juicing.
Like the Hamlin, Pineapples oranges are moderately sized with a slightly tart flavor that makes them ideal for juicing. In addition, the bright color of its juice means that it is not only quite tasty, but also very delicious. It is of no surprise, then, that pineapple oranges are often used in smoothies, cocktails, and mixed drinks.
Perhaps the most well-known of all oranges, Valencias are the queen orange of Florida. The combination of tart and sweetly-flavored juice is delicious-unfortunately, Valencia oranges typically are available only for a few months of the year. If you live in Florida, these oranges are still moderately priced. However, due to their short growing season and high shipping costs, they can be quite expensive for individuals who do not live in the immediate area.
Another common type of orange, Navel oranges are also popular for use in juice. Unlike the oranges discussed above, which provide a tart flavor, navel oranges are quite sweet. This makes them a great option for individuals who are looking for an orange juice with a little less tang. Consider combining navel orange juice with the juice of another orange discussed above for the perfect combination of tartness and sweetness. Navel oranges are quite inexpensive and can be found almost year-round. Buy a large amount of these oranges, juice them, and freeze the juice for later use-you won’t be disappointed with the results!
A relative newcomer, Ambersweet oranges are quite unique in that they have a very spicy flavor. Like the Navel orange, this means that they are great when combined with some of the sweet or tart juice described above. Be sure to experiment with this juice by adding only a small amount at a time-if you put too much into the juice, the spicy flavor can be overwhelming.