Saturday, September 10, 2011

Orange Juice Goes to War


OJ was just a seasonal treat until WWII, when the government charged the Florida Citrus Commission with finding a way to ship vitamin C-packed juice overseas to prevent scurvy among the troops.  Their solution, frozen concentrate, was literally created in a vacuum---and gave rise to a major new U.S. industry.  By the war’s end, reconstituted juice had reached the front lines.  And by the 1950s, housewives across the country were stirring up OJ for breakfast year-round.

An interesting bit of trivia from Parade, August 2011

Thank you, LORD, for Oranges!

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