In short, it supports the body’s ability to defend itself and aids the protection of cells.

The average orange contains almost 70mg of vitamin C, over 100% of the NHS recommended daily minimum.

Adults aged 19-75 require 40mg of vitamin C each day, which increases to 50mg when pregnant and 75mg if you smoke. Children between the ages of 1-18 are advised to consume 30-35mg each day.

Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid contributes to the normal function of the immune system and acts as an important antioxidant in the body.

How antioxidants work

Antioxidants are molecules that prevent ‘oxidation’ and fight free radicals in your body.

‘Free radicals’ are naturally occurring chemical reactions in human cells and are known to cause damage to our cells and in the longer term can lead to serious diseases.

Vitamin C’s antioxidant properties contribute to the protection of cells from oxidative stress.

Jupiter supporting local communities

We were so pleased to supply vitamin C rich fruit boxes to a food bank and food share scheme close to our Shropshire headquarters this week.  We are supporting our local community to eat fresh, particularly important at this time.

The mixed fruit crates, packed full of vitamins include citrus, grapes, melons, bananas and pineapples.

Good sources of vitamin C

Oranges aren’t the only great source of vitamin C that can be found in fresh produce. Other members of the citrus family such as grapefruit, lemons, limes and satsumas are also highly nutritious as well as grapes, kiwi fruit, melon varieties and pineapples. A huge influx of people are filling their cupboards with dried goods, not realising that their shopping baskets need to be filled with healthy and vitamin rich fruit. We are urging families to shop for fresh to support their immune systems.

From root to retail supply

Our South African farms in Limpopo and Zonquasdrift provide Valencia oranges, Star Ruby grapefruit and Eureka lemons throughout the citrus season. Exporting around 3.2m cartons of fresh produce globally, our citrus is grown to strict guidelines, utilizing a newly refurbished packhouse and GREEFA sorting line.

Moroccan and Egyptian Valencia oranges as well as our South African lemons are available globally now. Our own farms Star Ruby grapefruit are available from next week with our satsuma’s following closely in week 14.

Contact our sales team

For further information on our available citrus or to find out more on how we plan on supporting increased demand for fresh produce, contact our sales teams the UK on + 44 (0) 1952 822 200, in the Netherlands on +31 88 3 777 111 or via email at

The Jupiter Group is a leader in the global fresh produce market. Ranked 17th in the 2020 The Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200, Jupiter grows and supplies new and traditional varieties of grapes and citrus alongside melons, pineapples, limes, avocados and kiwi.

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