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Mail Tribune 100

March 17, 1916


Saturday is Orange day and everybody is asked to help celebrate it. Medford merchants have large stocks and are making special displays.

Good Housekeeping for January, 1916, says:

"Probably the reason many of us consider the orange a luxury rather than an everyday food is because we still cherish memories of the time when the fruit was high-priced and not widely distributed, and an occasional orange was a surprise often reserved for the toe of the Christmas stocking.

"Many of us are more or less slaves of our habits of thought, and in face of the fact that oranges can be purchased from December to April at almost any price, and the rest of the year at prices which are moderate when the value received is considered we do not take advantage of their wonderful properties because we consider them too expensive.

"It is known that the orange contains citric acid, which is a liver stimulant, and it is a gentle laxative. But its wonderful supply of phosphate, a direct nerve-food, is usually overlooked, and the fact oranges therefore have a most beneficial effect in cases of insomnia is practically unknown. The importance of the orange as an everyday food the year round cannot be too greatly emphasized.

"As a breakfast fruit it is unequaled, but to obtain the greatest benefit, it should be eaten a half-hour before the meal, so the juice may leave the stomach and commence its rapid up-building and general cleansing while the digestive tract is comparatively open. If this is done, a cereal with light cream and sugar may be eaten at breakfast, but if the orange figures as the breakfast fruit, the cereal with sugar and cream should be omitted.

"The necessity for washing oranges, and all fruits, cannot be too strongly insisted on, for no matter how clean they may look they are no more free from bacteria than unwrapped bread or candies sold from open cases. If eaten with a spoon, the fruit should be cut in halves crosswise and if they do not stand level, thin slices of skin may be cut from the ends. The pulp around the edge and the membrane between sections should be loosed by a curved grapefruit knife."