I’m a fan of fresh OJ, but I’m lazy so I usually buy it at the grocery store. Over breakfast last week I noticed that I was drinking fresh OJ from Florida. It was a national brand, so nothing strange there. But I live in California and we have plentiful oranges here. So that started my quest for fresh California orange juice.
This has been more difficult than you might think. All the major brands use OJ or concentrate from Florida, Mexico or Brazil. Even Trader Joe’s chooses Florida. Where can I find fresh California OJ? I know, I know, I can go to a juice bar and get it fresh squeezed.
According to this article we eat our oranges instead of drinking them:
California oranges go mostly to the fresh market while about 90% of Florida’s oranges are processed for frozen orange juice concentrate.
But I want to know why there is no local brand of fresh California orange juice. Or is there, and I just don’t know about it. I want to support my local oranges.
* Photo by Randy Robertson via Flickr