Sunday, November 29, 2020

South Naples Citrus Grove is a Short Drive from Marco

Photos by Maria Lamb | Honey Tangerines/Temple oranges and grapefruits.-

The South Naples Citrus Grove has been part of Marco Island’s Farmer’s Market since it began. If you are missing fresh-picked oranges and grapefruits, this family-owned citrus grove is open and well stocked with your favorites—including locally grown vegetables, juices, jams and jellies including an ice cream shop. They have been in operation with 150 acres as a citrus grove for 49 years.

They want the public to know that they are open for business and have taken additional sanitation to safeguard the health and safety of their own employees as well as their customers, and they are inviting you to visit them.

For this time of the year, Temple Oranges are in season. They are juicier than most oranges with a bit of a tang or a zing to the taste. This is a hybrid between a tangerine and an orange. A favorite snacking orange, with its thin skin, it is easy to peel, section and segment. You can easily add them to salads, desserts and even entrees. Even the rind is fragrant.

Did you know that Temple Oranges were discovered in 1896 in Jamaica by a Florida fruit grower who shipped budding branches from Jamaica to Florida? The fruit gained popularity from William Chase Temple—a pioneer citrus grower—and once ready for commercial distribution, it was given the name “Temple.”

There are certain foods that may help boost our immune system and eating vitamin-packed fruits may improve our body’s natural defenses. A new study published in the Journal of Nutrition and Health Sciences reports that drinking 100% orange juice following physical exercises contributes to hydration equally as well as water and sports drinks—which makes orange juice a perfect post-exercise recovery drink.

As an endurance runner, there is nothing more refreshing and beneficial than a glass of fresh-squeezed orange/grapefruit juice. At South Naples Citrus Grove, their juices are free from preservatives, no additives are added, and they are not pasteurized. So, ditch the sugar-laden, artificially flavored, commercial sports drink and take a sip on the healthy side.

An 8-ounce serving of 100% orange juice provides carbohydrates and is a good source of potassium, an electrolyte that helps in hydration. There is naturally occurring sugar in orange juice along with the other vitamins and minerals make it the complete healthy package.

If you are (off Collier Blvd. next to Verona Walk) in South Naples, visit the farm stand located at 341 Sabal Palm Road. They have a packing house and retail store and they can also ship an order of your favorite in-season variety. Or call ahead to check what’s in season: 239-774-3838.

Recommended Side Visit

Jade Orchid is also located just off Sabal Palm Road on Morgan Road. Judy and Dave White have operated Jade Orchid for 35+ years and they have a 3-acre nursery with a series of greenhouses loaded with all kinds of orchids. If you are an orchid lover, you’ll be blown away with their collection.

South Naples Citrus Grove has been in operation for 49 years as a family-owned business with 150 acres of growing oranges.

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