December 16, 2009

Costa Rica Oranges

It is common knowledge that a single class of orange juice contains enough vitamin C to meet the recommended daily intake for an average adult.

The orange has been a staple of man’s diet for centuries. Oranges are native to south-eastern Asia, including areas known as Indo-China.

Orange trees require warmer climates since they are very sensitive to cold and frost. Today, orange trees are grown throughout the world including Costa Rica, which has nearly 5 million orange trees.

Costa Rica oranges are an integral part of the local Costa Rican diet, which might also include corn, rice and other tropical fruits such as pineapple and bananas.

Orange Plantations in Costa Rica

Oranges made their first appearance in the Western Hemisphere as early as the 16th century. The climate of Central America is ideal for growing oranges and other citrus fruits. Costa Rica oranges are an important part of Costa Rica’s economy.

Harvesting Costa Rica oranges is very labor intensive since the fruit must be picked by hand. On smaller Costa Rica orange farms the oranges at the top of the orange trees can only be reached by ladders.

Once the oranges are handpicked they are moved to the packing area to be hand sorted, washed, labeled and prepared for processing or export. Costa Rica oranges are used primarily for creating concentrate. In fact, while oranges can be processed into other products like jam, dried fruit and marmalade, about 40% of all oranges worldwide  are used for making concentrate.

Costa Rica is divided into several governmental regions but the geography of the land features distinct areas including the Pacific coast, the lowlands of the east (Caribbean), the northern lowlands and the central highlands.

Most of Costa Rica’s population lives in the central part of the country, where the rich soil is conducive to growing excellent coffee and other agricultural products, including Costa Rica oranges.

Orange Plantation Tours

Tourism is the number one industry in Costa Rica so it’s not surprising that most organized tour companies include a Costa Rica orange plantation tour.

Costa Rica is a relatively small country. Many of the Costa Rica orange plantations are within an hour drive of one of Costa Rica’s larger towns or cities yet they still retain their quiet atmosphere thanks to the isolation of lush vegetation that abounds in this Central American nation.

As the fragrance of the orange fruit lingers in the air it is not uncommon for visitors to notice the aroma of coffee being processed from some of the nearby coffee plantations, where some of the finest Arabica coffee beans in the world are processed.

There are numerous smaller Costa Rica orange farms but commercial production of Costa Rica oranges has been a major factor in the economy for decades. For example, the largest Costa Rica orange production company is Tico Fruit, which produces 75% of all Costa Rica orange juice.

Another Costa Rica orange company is Del Oro, located in the central mountains near Orosi volcano. Del Ora is a major producer of tropical fruit juices in Costa Rica.

Both Costa Rica orange companies supplement their orange production by purchasing Costa Rica oranges from some of the smaller orange plantations.

Costa Rica All Inclusive Tours

A Costa Rica orange plantation tour is included as part of the All Inclusive Costa Rica Package Tour by Caravan Tours. Costa Rica package tours are fully escorted 10-day tours that are affordably priced, starting at just $995. Visit Caravan’s Costa Rica Tour Reviews page to read what others have said about Caravan’s fully escorted all inclusive tour of Costa Rica.

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