Use Florida Oranges to Make Your Thanksgiving Table Sparkle

florida orangesThanksgiving is America's biggest "foodie" holiday. Old family recipes get dusted off and tables are filled to groaning capacity with dish after delicious dish of succulent family favorites. At Thanksgiving American cooks seem to outdo themselves not only in the quantity and variety of the food served but in the beauty of its presentation. If you're looking for some last minute ideas to add a little zip to your holiday celebration and make your Thanksgiving table sparkle, turn to fresh Florida citrus fruit for quick and easy solutions.

  • Keep a bowl of fresh, juicy Florida navel oranges on hand for healthy snacking while the turkey cooks. Florida oranges are packed with vitamin C and fiber that will take the edge off your hunger but still leave plenty of room for all your Thanksgiving favorites.
  • If you roast your turkey without dressing, stuff two Florida navel orange halves into the turkey cavity with your favorite herbs. The oranges will impart just a hint of tangy sweetness to the meat, making it extra delicious.
  • For a stunning presentation, decorate your turkey platter with sliced rounds of ripe Florida Scarlet navel oranges and fresh parsley springs before carrying it to the table.
  • For a holiday toast even kids can enjoy, whip up some Florida Citrus Champagne Punch. In a punch bowl combine: 1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice, 1 cup pineapple juice, 1 quart ginger ale and 1 bottle nonalcoholic sparkling white grape juice. Chill and serve.

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