Citrus Season In South Africa + A Recipe


It’s Winter in the Southern hemisphere which means citrus season in South Africa. Lemons and oranges are a plenty, and it’s wonderful. If I need lemon juice, I just go outside and pick some lemons off the tree. I don’t have an orange tree, but no worries. The side of the road is dotted with merchants selling bags of oranges for only R15. That’s comes out to only a little over $1. Every week I buy a bag, and every week we have freshly squeezed OJ for our weekend breakfasts. Goodness.

Citrus Merchant

All this citrus takes me back about thirty years. It’s funny how certain things invoke memories in you. My grandmother lived in North Dallas, and we would go and pay her a visit frequently. The best was when that visit also involved a trip to Northpark mall, perhaps because the adults in our company would be like a magnet drawn to its opposite as they strolled over for a treat at the best place ever, Orange Julius.

Orange Julius

I didn’t know what was in the frozen, citrus treat. All I knew at eight years old was that it was delectable, so delectable that it etched a memory in my heart. A couple of years ago, after buying a bag of oranges, that memory came up, and I set out to introduce the goodness of Orange Julius to my kids. They overwhelmingly approved, and think it’s now a necessary part of citrus season. I secretly concur. You will, too, after you try it. Get ready. It will change your life.

Orange Julius
Orange Julius is a frozen treat that will blow your mind! It's a light citrus drink that is overwhelmingly refreshing.
Recipe type: Drinks
Serves: 2
  • 1 cup frozen orange juice, frozen in ice cube trays
  • 1 cup orange juice, not frozen
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons sweetener of your choice (I've used honey and sugar before and both worked great.)
  1. Combine everything in the blender.
  2. Prepare to be amazed!


Sliced Oranges


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Jen Price

Jen currently makes her home between two continents, one in the great state of Texas and the other in a small town in the Mpumalanga province of South Africa. She wears many hats such as wife, mother, photographer, storyteller, communications director, writer, traveler, and lover of dark chocolate. She writes for several websites including her personal blog, I Believe In Love, where she shares her creative ventures, her photography, and the stories of the orphans she loves on in S. Africa.


  1. Jenny :

    Do you remember when Orange Julius employee would ask you if you wanted an egg in it? Ewww. Looking forward to trying your recipe and having memories come flooding back.

    • Jen Price :

      Jenny, I don’t remember the egg things. But yes, ewww!!

      • Jenny :

        I’m sure that was early to mid 1980’s. :) Those were the days…ignorance = bliss!