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Orange Appeal

Oranges are the crowning jewel of winter. Bright, tangy, and bursting with nutrients, this beloved fruit shines in recipes, beauty products, and supplements.

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You know and love them for their high vitamin C content, but did you realize that oranges are also a great source of vitamin A, B vitamins (including pantothenic acid and folate), calcium, copper, potassium, and fiber?

Oranges are in season from fall to spring, hitting their peak in January and February (with the exception of Valencia oranges, which are harvested from March through July). Here are six ways to enjoy them now.

1.  Let Your Skin Glow

It might be freezing and gloomy outside, but that doesn’t mean your skin can’t look amazing. Acure Brightening Vitamin C Sunset Serum smooths, hydrates, and brightens skin with a combination of orange peel extracts, antioxidant-rich astaxanthin, and nourishing oils. It goes from a solid to a serum once applied to your skin.

2.  Press Pause on Stress

Aromatherapists use orange essential oil to help counter stress, anxiety, and depression. With a sweet, orange peel scent, NOW Organic Essential Oils Orange has refreshing, uplifting, and invigorating properties. Try it in NOW’s Orange You Delightful Blend: Add 10 drops of orange oil and 25 drops of vanilla concentrate oil to a diffuser and enjoy.

3.  Drink It All In

There are many ways to enjoy orange-flavored beverages, some healthier than others (we’re looking at you, orange soda). For an orange-infused, no-calorie treat that helps melt away anxiety and tension, try Yogi Sweet Clementine Stress Support Tea. Orange peel, lemon balm, and lemongrass add bright citrus flavor to this  caffeine-free herbal brew. It also features ashwagandha, the No. 1 anti-stress herb in Ayurvedic medicine.

4.  Boost Your Wellness

Superfruit powders are a fantastic way to fortify your immune system and supercharge your day. We like MegaFood Daily C-Protect Nutrient Booster Powder, made with organic whole oranges, organic blueberries, and organic cranberries. Astragalus and organic schisandra add an extra layer of immune protection. It makes the perfect addition to smoothies, juice, or water.

5.  Get Your Spritz On

Oranges lend a sweet and spicy scent to fragrances. One of our favorites is Pacifica Tuscan Blood Orange Perfumed Hair & Body Mist. Blood orange, strawberry, and raspberry are paired with mandarin and Italian sweet orange. The result is an intoxicating mist that can be sprayed on your hair and body.

5 Different Types of Oranges

Valencia: A Southern California original often used for juicing with a very sweet taste and low acidity.

Navel: Slightly more bitter than a Valencia orange with a thicker peel; the most popular orange in the U.S.

Cara Cara: Extremely sweet with a beautiful pink hue; a type of navel orange originating in Venezuela.

Tangerine: Sweeter and smaller than an average orange; high vitamin C content; easy-to-peel, thanks to its thin skin.

Blood Orange: Deep red color, which indicates a high antioxidant content; tangy and sweet with a hint of raspberry.

Tempt Your Tastebuds With a Winter Fruit Salad

Photo: Pornchai Mittongtare

Get the recipe.