As a child, I spent a lot of years in Florida. Growing up, I thought everybody had orange groves near their home. I had no idea that most people weren't blessed to have an orange tree growing in their grandparent's front yard, where they were allowed to pick (and eat) fruit to their hearts content! (Sadly, I moved out of state a few years later, but Florida oranges are still one of my favorite snacks!)
With a background like that, I guess it was only normal that orange juice play a large role in our family breakfasts. Our family tries to have a big breakfast once a week, usually on Saturday mornings. The breakfast includes treats such as fried or poached eggs, bacon, sausage, toast, pancakes, fried potatoes, and of course, orange juice.
I look back fondly on those days when I was young, and would help my mother prepare the bountiful feast. I can still remember being so proud that I was actually able to crack the eggs open by myself, or even flip the pancakes! It made me feel like a "little chef", and it was something I looked forward to each week. And nothing made me happier than being able to fill each glass on the table with Tropicana orange juice!
Now, years later, we still carry on this tradition. One thing that hasn't changed is the orange juice. Our favorite orange juice is Tropicana, because it's 100% pure juice (I can't stand OJ from concentrate). There's nothing quite like the taste of a chilled glass of Tropicana orange juice to brighten your morning, start your day off right, and of course, call the family to the table!
You may wonder why I insist on drinking Tropicana orange juice, so I'll tell you why. All orange juices are not created equal, and Tropicana Pure Premium is, as I said, 100% pure orange juice. I also like the story of Tropicana, and am somewhat familiar with the story if their founder, Anthony T. Rossi. For a full history of Tropicana, simply visit their website. I also suggest you enter the Tropicana Sweepstakes, via the Tropicana Facebook page. The grand prize is a trip to Sarasota, Florida!!
You can also discover a lot of fun information on the Tropicana site. For example, did you know that Tropicana is the largest single buyer of Florida oranges? They purchase 11.6 BILLION oranges every year! They utilize orange groves from 22 different counties in Florida, and use 2 types of oranges in their juice; Valencia and Hamlin. You can even meet meet some of the growers that supply oranges to Tropicana on their website!!
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