As I mentioned yesterday are on vacation in Florida! Part of our journey took us through central Florida where lots of oranges grow. We were so impressed by the quantity of oranges in this truck until we drove by an orange distribution center with lots and lots of rows and columns of bins as big and as full as this truck!
Check out this interesting video about how commercial orange juice is made…
And this books looks interesting. I never thought I could be interested in a whole book about oranges! Did you know that you will not necessarily get oranges from an orange seed? You could end up with a lime or grapefruit!
Oranges by John McPhee
Amazon description: A classic of reportage, Oranges was first conceived as a short magazine article about oranges and orange juice, but the author kept encountering so much irresistible information that he eventually found that he had in fact written a book. It contains sketches of orange growers, orange botanists, orange pickers, orange packers, early settlers on Florida’s Indian River, the first orange barons, modern concentrate makers, and a fascinating profile of Ben Hill Griffin of Frostproof, Florida who may be the last of the individual orange barons. McPhee’s astonishing book has an almost narrative progression, is immensely readable, and is frequently amusing. Louis XIV hung tapestries of oranges in the halls of Versailles, because oranges and orange trees were the symbols of his nature and his reign. This book, in a sense, is a tapestry of oranges, too—with elements in it that range from the great orangeries of European monarchs to a custom of people in the modern Caribbean who split oranges and clean floors with them, one half in each hand.