Go Green With Sunkist Valencia Oranges {Recipe: Creamy Orange Milkshake}

Creamy Orange Milkshake from Dine and DishThis post brought to you by Sunkist. All opinions are 100% mine.

Creamy Orange Milkshake

So, oranges are supposed to be orange, right? Guess what… not always!

I know…that’s news to me too. I just assumed with a name like orange you’d be that color, but with Sunkist® Valencia oranges, that’s not always the case. I recently found out this cool little fact…

Sunkist® Valencia oranges may occasionally “re-green” in warm weather. When Valencias ripen on the tree, they turn a bright orange color but warm temperatures may make their skin reabsorb chlorophyll as they hang on the tree causing the orange color to look partly green—although the outside is green, the inside remains ripe and delicious!

As someone from Kansas, I just assumed if we were getting green oranges in the store, it was because they were picked too soon and not ripe or had been sitting too long. Not always the case.

So the next time you are in an all important trivia match, and a question comes up about Valencia oranges being green, you’ll know exactly why that is so. If you want to up your Sunkist® Valencia Oranges trivia knowledge, you can also check out this video that explains the ripening process of Sunkist® Valencia Oranges.


I love infusing my favorite citrus flavors into a yummy summer treat. This Creamy Orange Milkshake using Sunkist® Valencia oranges tastes like a day on the beach. Enjoy!

Creamy Orange Milkshake Recipe from Dine and Dish

Creamy Orange Milkshake with Valencia Oranges

Creamy Orange Milkshake
  • 2½ cups vanilla ice cream
  • ¾ cup fresh squeezed orange juice
  • ⅓ cup skim milk
  • 1 Tablespoon orange zest
  • Orange slices for garnish
  1. Using a blender, combine ice cream, fresh squeezed orange juice, milk, and orange zest until well blended and frothy. Pour into 2 tall pint glasses or 4 small glasses. Garnish with orange slices.


Make sure to check out other additional Sunkist citrus recipes on the Sunkist site!

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  1. Pat Wogan says

    My navel oranges also get greenish and are still delicious. Have lots of green ones that are not ripe yet…and also a few orange blossoms. Recipe sounds great!

    • Katie @ Healthnut Foodie says

      I just thought the exact same thing! I may be making this today! Summer in a glass is right!

  2. says

    mmmmm… sounds delicious–perfect for breakfast too. I’ve never had an orange milkshake before, but my husband introduced me to lime milkshakes a little while ago, which I now love. Thank you for this great post :)

  3. says

    I never knew that about the color of oranges! Cool tidbit! I love milkshakes and smoothies this time of year… and this one looks perfect for the summer heat we will have this week!


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