The most important thing to know about oranges is that the skin is just as valuable as the juice. Eat, drink, clean. That's the way to look at pretty much all citrus fruit. The reason is that citrus acid and oil are powerful cleaners. If your oranges are literally rotting, put them in the compost or garden bin, but if they are simply old or you have too many, there are many many things you can do with them.
While oranges are rich in vitamin C, which helps to boost your immune system, oranges are also rich in other vitamins and minerals too. These include potassium, which improves cardiac health, vitamin B6, which takes care of your hemoglobins, vitamin A for healthy eyesight and calcium for strong bones.
Orange oil contains d-limonene which is the compound that makes it such an excellent cleaner and useful for pest control. Commercially, orange oil is made by pressing orange peels and separating the oil. While your orange peel vinegar cleaning solution isn't as strong as orange oil, it is very versatile and it is pretty powerful and will degrease, remove sticky spots and smell beautiful.
The best oranges are usually very bright in colour and weigh the most. Older oranges will yield the greatest amount of juice, but have a pile of sugar. To find the best oranges, check your local farmers market.
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