Frothy and creamy Julius Orange. A popular drink since the 1920s. Originally a simple orange juice stand in Los Angeles belonged to a concerned businessman named Julius Freed. One of his customers developed a drink that reduced the acidity of pure orange juice by adding milk, egg white and a little sweetener and then stirring. So the Orange Julius drink was born, which was an instant hit and turned Mr. Freed’s boring juice festival into a gold mine. (You can only hope the customer who created it got a percentage.) Now owned by Dairy Queen, the drink stays essentially the same.
The oranges date from 2500 BC. C. in China and are the most cultivated fruit trees in the world. Between the 10th and 15th centuries, oranges appeared in Spain and southern Italy thanks to busy trade routes. In the middle of the 17th century, King Louis XIV of France ordered a huge orange grove to be laid out on the grounds of the Palace of Versailles. (If these French kings liked something, they wasted no time.)
Spanish explorers likely brought oranges to America and Mexico in the 16th century, and traveled to Florida and southern California in the following century. These two states clearly dominate the citrus market in the United States because of their ideal climates. Although British sailors were nicknamed “Limeys”, it is more likely that oranges were the preferred passengers on ships as they provided the crews with vitamin C and fruit. Valued worldwide, both the famous Valencia and Navel oranges are inexpensive, have a long shelf life, and provide food for people of all ages, and their juice remains the first choice for breakfast. Real trees and fruits have been mutated and grafted for centuries to produce the desirable fruits we know today. In the United States, 60% of Florida’s orange harvest is grown with a current value of 1.17 billion. Internationally, 71 million tons of oranges were produced in 2015, led by Brazil with 24%, followed by China and India.
Blood oranges, named for their red flesh color, had been common in Spain and Italy since the 15th century, but they came to the U.S. market late and have achieved a minimum of popularity in recent decades.
During his travels to France, Gourmet President Thomas Jefferson became familiar with the orange and undoubtedly shipped the fruit from Florida while living in Monticello and enjoyed it with jam for breakfast in season. (Not much is lost in the fruit department.) While he did not grow oranges in his orchards, he planted fake oranges for their fragrant flowers.
With the invention of refrigerated shipping and railroads, oranges became a huge commercial crop, and demand increased every decade. Americans love their oranges in many different ways:
Creamsicles: first published in 1923 by the Popsicle Company, refreshing orange sorbet and vanilla ice cream;
Orange Sorbet – A frozen dessert that resembles a sorbet but has a small amount of milk solids in it to give it a creamier texture, by far the most popular flavor.
Orange juice and fresh oranges, peeled and eaten sliced or chopped; in its simplest form;
Orange Juice Drinks – Usually made with a small amount of juice or flavor, lots of water, and sugar;
Cranberry Orange Bread – Your simple cranberry orange bread, even muffins;
Orange-flavored candies: jellies, hard jellies, jellies, gummy candies, the most popular flavor for many candies, including chocolate-coated orange peel; (Do you remember Chuckles? What did you try first?)
Orange Soda Pop: Orange Crush, the first carbonated orange soda launched in 1911, followed by Fanta Orange, born in Germany in 1940 as a cola substitute, and Sunkist, the three best-selling brands;
Orange jam: Discovered by the Greeks and Romans, originally made from quince and honey, it differs slightly from other jams in the use of the fruit peel. The British and Scots have been eating jams since the 18th century.
Sunkist, Minute Maid, and Tropicana: giants of orange juice, citrus-flavored sodas, and other industries;
Orange Chicken – The popular Chinese Hunan chicken dish with breaded, fried chicken pieces topped with a sweet orange sauce;
Duck a l’Orange: These French chefs don’t miss a single trick. Roast duck with orange sauce, suitable for a king;
Although oranges share the citrus market with their close relatives such as lemon, lime, and grapefruit, what makes them stand out is their sweetness. They take their place among America’s five favorite fruits and are no longer just there for breakfast. That boy Giulio. He must have started something.
Oranges were author Dale Phillip’s childhood staples, with freshly squeezed juice every morning. He likes blueberry and orange muffins, jellies, sorbets, and jellies. His first Orange Julius was a revelation. He invites you to read his numerous articles on food and drink.