Fruit juice is popular in England (oddly, orange juice is more popular than local apple or pear juice). Of course it’s always good to eat fresh fruit (fibre) but a glass of juice is often enjoyed at breakfast time, and a good way to get some fresh vitamins into reluctant tummies! Try these 6 juice recipes from Crowded Kitchen. Choose from carrot orange turmeric, apple pear greens, cranberry apple, beet & veggie, grape cranberry apple or beet strawberry).
Brush teeth around an hour after drinking fruit juice to allow saliva to neutralise acids. Avoid certain juices for diabetes and avoid unpasteurised juice for pregnancy, children and weak immune system (buy pasteurised juice instead, see brands below).
If you make your own juice, it’s a good idea to invest in a good blender (you can use this for shakes and smoothies and just use a nut milk bag to filter the pulp, rather than buying a separate juicer). Although single-gear juicers are best nutrition-wise, they are tremendously expensive, and good juice is for everyone, not just millionaire health gurus!
make your own fresh OJ
Try this super-powered orange juice (Minimalist Baker), ideal for when you have the sniffles. No juicer required, and it also contains carrots, lemon, ginger, apples and nectarines.
Oranges only came to England during the 17th century, eaten by those with access to orangeries (big greenhouses). Before that, Queen Eleanor (from Spain) would order oranges to dock at Portsmouth in 1289, as she was homesick for the fruits. Most oranges are from southern Europe (Pesticide Action Network say oranges (and grapes) are usually covered in a cocktail of pesticides before arriving on supermarket shelves. So choose organic if you can.
make your own green juice
Not everyone loves green juice (also check medication paper inserts, as some people can’t have too many leafy greens or grapefruit). But if you fancy a green juice, this recipe by Minimalist Baker is a good place to start. The celery, cucumber, parsley and kale are combined with apple or orange for sweetness, and lemon and ginger for a tart flavour and extra immunity.
the best brands of commercial fruit juice
There are various juices on sale, and most of them are pasteurised to kill bacteria (this is important say for pregnancy). But many are just made from cheap concentrates, so go for better brands and drink less.
Flawsome (also sold at Social Supermarket) is a great company that sells fruit juices of all ilks, each one using up waste fruit that would otherwise go to landfill, for being rejected by supermarkets. Sold in glass bottles or tin cans, you can buy in bulk to stock up at home. It also makes good orange juice (3 oranges saved from waste for each bottle. The company also makes sparkling water in cans (never give sparkling water to pets, could cause bloat).
There are many brands of local apple and pear juice in England, due to our (abundance but disappearing) of orchards. However be careful as most are not organic, which means the fruits may well have been sprayed with pesticides, not good for you or native wildlife. James White (Suffolk) is sold in glass bottles. The organic range includes:
- Apple or apple ginger
- Pear or pear raspberry
- Carrot or carrot apple
- Vegetable (tomato, celeriac, carrot, celery, beetroot, lovage and basil)
Organic Orchard (Wales) offers nice cloudy apple juice and refreshing orange juice in glass bottles. Never from concentrate, these juices are made with pure squeezed fruits.
Luscombe (Devon) makes organic juice from its own fruit or organic partners (you can’t grow Sicilian oranges in Devon!) One review of the English apple juice says ‘the best apple juice that I have tasted – reminds me of apples that have been s tored, peeled and eaten at Christmas’.
why choose artisan over main brand juices?
For a start, you are helping to support local artisans who grow or buy organic fruits, to create local jobs and help the planet and native wildlife. Secondly, because artisan juices are simply far better quality. Let’s take a look at two of the best-selling main brands of commercial juice in storse:
Princes offers apple juice that is ‘100% from concentrate’. It is true that the juice is all fruit, but concentrate is made by filtering the water out of the fruit pulp (obviously to eek more profit) and ends up an inferior drink with less nutrients and less taste. Compare to Luscombe apple juice (above) that is made from pure organic apples and a little vitamin C.
Tropicana apple juice is made with pure apples but it’s not in glass bottles (Tetrapak which is not so easy to recycle). It’s not clear whether the product is still on sale (or if not here) but its ‘heart-healthy’ juice has gelatine (bones) and fish oil. You should not have to scour ingredients on fruit juice to ensure they are free from animal products.