Gift Fruit Questions
Is there a difference at all? A navel orange from Florida has to be the same as a navel from California. Right? Well, even though many of the fruits are genetically identical, the climate changes the fruit far more than you’d expect.
California Oranges: California’s climate is very arid with very low yearly rainfall. The days are hot and sunny, and the nights are dry and cool. This weather is ideal for raising oranges with thick, beautiful peels. The dry air keeps superficial blemishes from forming on the peels, making them attractive to supermarket shoppers. Having a thicker peel also aids in keeping them fresh for extended periods. They are ideal for brick and mortar stores, because they last much longer on store shelves.
Florida Oranges: The oranges that grow in Florida do so in a hotter, wetter climate. As a result, these oranges are much juicier and sweeter. In fact, the majority of Florida’s oranges are used for juicing. The peels are usually thinner, and the oranges are easier to eat out of hand. This makes whole Florida oranges ideal for direct shipping rather than supermarket sales. Since our oranges are shipped straight from the grove to your door, there’s plenty of time to enjoy them. Florida oranges typically last 2-3 weeks when refrigerated.
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The peel of Florida oranges range in color from orange, or yellow-orange, to greenish yellow. The bright orange color so frequently associated with maturity, actually results from cooler night temperatures. Color is not an indication of ripeness. Florida oranges have thinner skins and may be yellow-green in color, but are sweet and juicy. They can actually turn orange and then back to green depending on temperatures. Ripe, juicy oranges feel firm and heavy, with skin texture ranging from smooth to pebbly.
Yes, we can ship Fresh Frozen Orange, Grapefruit, Lemon Juice and Lemonade via 1-3 day ground service to most of the eastern US. 2 Day and Next Day service to all other areas is available with an upcharge for those delivery services. We only ship juice Monday-Wednesday to assure delivery within the 2-3 days.
We freeze fresh juice the same day it is squeezed and keep frozen until shipped so that it will have a 2 week refrigerated shelf life once it is thawed. We ship in our regular half gallon containers that are about 3-4 ounces short filled to allow for expansion without spill over during the freezing process. Some thawing may happen in the shipping process but can be re-frozen. Only thaw the juice as you can use it within 2 weeks.
Thawing instructions are included with shipment. Rapid thawing can be done with microwave in short (30 seconds or less) intervals shaking content in between to prevent over-heating juice.
Our catalog prices include shipping to most of the USA. Due to carrier surcharges and fuel price fluctuations, there is an additional Carrier Surcharge. There are additional charges for shipments to Arizona, California, Texas, Canada and FedEx Expedited Shipping. Call 1-800-608-2525 (Local 748-5829) for further information.