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Benefits of Freshly Squeezed Juices

The Martha Stewart Show, January 2007

Blood Orange Juice
-An excellent source of vitamin C and dietary fiber.
-Originally from Sicily.
-Gets its color from a pigment called "anthocyanin."
-Blood oranges come in three varieties, and each type differs in climate preference, size, and flavor: the elongated "tarocco," the round "moro" (what we usually see), and the egg-shaped "sanguinelli."

Meyer Lemon Juice
-The Meyer lemon is originally from China.
-It is thought to be a cross between a true lemon and a mandarin orange or sweet orange.
-Became popular in the U.S. after being discovered by chefs like Alice Waters during the 1980s.
-Favored for its mild, sweet, juicy flesh.
-Available from November to May.

Pomegranate Juice
-An excellent source of vitamin C, one pomegranate delivers 40 percent of an adult's daily needs.
-Rich in polyphenols, some of the most powerful antioxidants.
-The pomegranate is native to Iran (Persia).
-The tree was introduced to California by Spanish settlers in 1769.
-In the United States, it is grown mainly in the drier parts of California and Arizona.
-Seeds are called arils.
-They are in season from October to January.

Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice
-Excellent source of vitamins A and C; high in fiber and potassium.
-Grapefruit is picked ripe and ready to eat, and does not ripen after being picked.
-One medium grapefruit yields eight ounces of juice.
-Ruby red is the most popular grapefruit on the market.
-The shade of red/pink depends on the region and the time of year it was picked.
-Called grapefruits because they grow in clusters, like grapes.
-Grown in Florida, California, and Texas.

Carrot Juice
-Beta-carotene in carrots helps protect against cardiovascular disease and cancer.
-Promotes good vision, especially night vision.
-Carrots are an excellent source of vitamins A, C, and K, as well as dietary fiber and potassium.

Resources
On today's show, Martha used a wooden hand reamer from surlatable.com, a yellow Mexican juice press from surlatable.com, a Ra Chand pull juicer from citrusjuicers.com, Braun electric citrus juicer from cozycook.com, and a Krups electric vegetable and fruit juicer from homeportfolio.com.