When I tried juicing orange for the first time, I didn’t peel off the skin, and it tasted horrible, the bitter flavor overpowered every other ingredient I put in.
Orange juice is one of the more popular drinks in America. But did you know that store-bought OJ is not the same as freshly squeezed?
A lot of stores bought orange juices are pasteurized (which means lowers nutritional value). And most of these products have artificial sweeteners like corn syrup.
Also, the method of extraction is most likely done with a reamer or press style juicer. Nothing wrong with it, but it only extracts the watery part called “orange water.”
The downside to this method of extraction is that it doesn’t extract any juice from the skin that contains the most nutrients.
These include antioxidants, phytochemicals, and flavonoids like Hesperetin and naringin that improve our body’s immunity, reduce HDL (or bad cholesterol), help prevent cancer, plus it is an anti-inflammatory.
Here are some benefits of orange
- Protects us from viral infections
- Contains dietary fiber that relieves constipation
- Regulate blood pressure
- Help lower HDL or bad cholesterol
- Lowers risk of liver cancer
- Reduces risk of heart disease
Unfortunately, the orange part is very bitter and contains indigestible chemicals that can give you gas if eaten in large quantities.
When was the last time you ate an orange with the skin? The only time you eat orange peel is if you scrub it against a grater and taste its zest on desserts like chocolate cake.
The best oranges to use in slow juicers are the navel oranges because they are big and juice well in these types of machines. If you want to use reamers, try using Valencia oranges.
The key here is shaving the orange part off while leaving the white pity part intact. This way, you still get the most nutrition but not the nasty bitter flavor.
Chop both ends off.
Use a knife to shave off the orange part, make sure to shave as thin as possible, leaving most of the white pity part intact. You can use a peeler if you’re more comfortable with that.
Here’s how it looks like after peeling everything off.
Slice the orange into eights, so it fits through the feed chute of your slow juicer.
There you have it with these three easy steps you can enjoy a glass of nutrient-rich orange juice, not just orange water. I like to combine orange, apple, and beet with a leafy green like spinach, it tastes good, plus the orange seems to take off the earthy flavor of beet.
Also, oranges have a high amount of sugar, so I’d only use it to add flavor to green juice.
Have you added orange in your green juice recipe? If you, I’d like to hear from you.