UCR’s Popular ‘Orange Infused’ Ice Cream is a Homegrown Treat

Genetics professor Norm Ellstrand gets his orange infused ice cream — made with oranges grown by UCR — from Moo Moo truck employee Alvin Lim. Photo by Jeanette Marantos

UCR’s Moo Moo Ice Cream truck was pretty popular Oct. 20, when it was passing out free samples of UCR’s homegrown orange-infused ice cream during lunch, in preparation for the national Food Day push “Toward a Greener Diet” on Oct. 24.

Food Day is an annual event — a day to resolve to make changes in our own diets and to take action to solve food-related problems in our communities at the local, state, and national level, a top priority of the University of California Global Food Initiative.  UCR’s Dining Services is offering samples of many delicious and nutritious foods this week, in honor of Food Day.

Students line up for a free sample of the UCR Moo Moo Ice Cream Truck's popular orange infused ice cream, made from oranges grown by UCR

Students line up for a free sample of the UCR Moo Moo Ice Cream Truck’s popular orange infused ice cream, made from oranges grown by UCR.

Students had a chance to sample tacos with butternut squash and peppers or samples of grilled broccolini, salmon avocado poke bowls and Kung Pao cauliflower, to name just a few. Most of the sample tents ran out before lunch, but the longest lines seemed to form around the Moo Moo truck, for the free cone of orange-infused ice cream, made from UCR oranges.

As chair of the new California Agriculture and Food Enterprise (CAFÉ), genetics professor Norm Ellstrand saw the free treat as a double win. Not only is the ice cream delicious, he said, “any time you can eat local is great, and if you have ingredients from UCR, it’s even better.”

Orange is the second most popular flavor in the world, he said, next to chocolate, “so it’s great we can produce something so delicious here.”

The students who waited patiently in the long line seemed to agree.

Student Andy Liao, center, savors another cone of orange-infused ice cream.

Student Andy Liao, center, savors another cone of orange-infused ice cream.

Fourth-year computer sciences student Andy Liao happily confessed that he was wolfing down his second cone….”and if I didn’t have to go to class now, I’d be trying to get a third,” he said. “This is my favorite ice cream. I have no shame.”

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