Taste the difference!
Not all orange juices are created equal
As is commonly known, there is no accounting for taste. But which orange juice tastes best is hardly up for discussion. The overwhelming majority of connoisseurs declare unequivocally: it must be freshly squeezed! But how can one press the oranges so that the juice does not taste bitter? And which types of orange juice are there, anyhow?
Let us begin on the topic of orange juice with a basic fact: just because a beverage tastes like oranges, does not mean it can be called orange juice. This is due to a stringent EU fruit juice guideline: the European countries, in the consumer’s interest, decided that a distinction must be made between fruit juice, nectar and beverages. This also applies, of course, to thirst quenchers with orange flavor. In the category of fruit juice alone, there are two different types of fruit juice.
Orange juice is 100 % fruit
Fruit juice from oranges only consists of oranges. This means that it may contain no sugar or other additives. However, there is an additional distinction made between so-called direct juice and an orange juice from concentrate. To clarify: for a longer shelf life, direct juice is pasteurized, i.e. heated to 90° C and then packaged. This process rids the orange juice of unwanted microorganisms and bacteria, but also lowers its natural vitamin content. Preservatives are forbidden in orange juice! Those who take a closer look at the beverage containers in the supermarket will notice, though: most orange juices are made from concentrate, which is made by removing up to 90 percent of the juice’s water. Why do they do that? Because the concentrate is easier to transport and store. Before packaging, the previously removed water is added, along with some flavoring, and the orange juice is ready to drink.
Orange nectar with sugar and other additives
Orange nectar contains between 25 and 50 percent fruit juice. At the very least, water and sugar are added, but it can also contain citric and ascorbic acid. All three ingredients are permitted, if the producer declares them on the packaging. Coloring and preservatives are still forbidden additives to orange nectar as defined by law. But let us take a quick look at the third category: fruit juice beverages.
Orange fruit juice beverages with very low fruit content
There is a good reason for these juices being the last choice: whether carbonated or not, or flavored with sugar or artificial sweeteners. The main reason is the low minimum fruit content, which is only 6 percent for fruit juice beverages from citrus fruits. The rest is water, fruit flavoring and acidifiers. It is therefore absolutely clear that these thirst quenchers hardly contain any natural vitamins, minerals or fibers. But speaking of health:
Orange juice is at its best when freshly squeezed
Reaching for fresh and pure fruit juice is a good deed for one’s body. Orange juice is an especially rich source of vitamin C, for instance. One 200 ml glass can almost cover the recommended daily allowance for an adult. Vitamin C also facilitates iron absorption. On top oft hat, orange juice is filled with vitamin B (folic acid) and potassium, which supports our muscle function. The carotenoids and flavonoids which are also so abundant in OJ are also attributed with being able to lower the risk of certain cancer and circulatory illnesses. By squeezing oranges and drinking the juice fresh without filtering or pasteurizing it, you can enjoy the fiber content as well. Speaking of enjoyment:
For the perfect flavor of freshly squeezed orange juice, how the oranges are cut before squeezing is important. For this reason, Citrocasa developed the patented SCS cutting system for ist juicers. It avoids tearing the peel, which keeps bitter elements like essential oils from mixing with the freshly squeezed juice. The result is always the utmost fruity pleasure – the best for your health and your palate.