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Jan 27, 2007 07:01 AM

Unpasteurized juice in Florida?

This being the land of citrus and all you'd think there would be plenty of it, but even the roadside stands don't sell unpasteurized juice. What's up?

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      1. I'm pretty sure if you go to an actual grove they sell unpasteurized juice. But you might have to be in Indian River or Brevard counties. . .the groves I usually went to were in Rockledge or Merritt Island.

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          1. Until a few years ago -- hell, maybe a decade, I don't remember -- Blackwelder Groves sold huge volumes of fresh, unprocessed bottled orange juice. They sold it in the Turnpike rest stops after the state got rid of the machines that actually squeezed the fruit before your eyes (too slow to be efficient).

            Disney sold it in all its restaurants and in each hotel's refrigerated cases. A deal worth milions.

            Someone got salmonella from the juice, it was alleged. Big lawsuit. Big settlement. Bye, bye Blackwelder !

            Not saying you can't find it anymore, but it's very hard to do so. used to be a place on US 27-441 in Lady Lake that processed it, but I think they are gone.

            Try the Just Juice product. I know Publix has it. Lemon, lime and orange. Not fresh, but damn close.

            Or buy a cheap machine and squeeze it your own self.