Orange is the world’s favorite flavor.
The orange is the fruit of the citrus species Citrus
We are known about the health effect , but it’s history and quirky facts are really quite interesting, Some of interesting facts are as follows
- Orange is a type of berry (hesperidia to be exact)
- Orange trees are evergreens, seldom exceeding 9 m (30 ft) in height
- The sour orange, or Seville, was introduced to the Mediterranean region by the Arabs about the 10th century, and the sweet orange was introduced by Genoese traders in the 15th century
- The bergamot orange is primarily grown as a source of oils for cosmetics and flavoring
- About 20 per cent of the total crop of oranges is sold as whole fruit; the remainder is used in preparing orange juice, extracts, and preserves.
- An orange tree can grow to reach 30 feet and live for over a hundred years.
- Because Navel Oranges are seedless, they can’t reproduce through pollination and require “budding” or grafting to create new trees.
- A single citrus plant can bear as many as 60,000 flowers, but only 1% of those flowers will turn into fruit.
- The Washington Navel Orange tree that helped start the California citrus industry is still standing and producing fruit in Riverside, California.
- Navel oranges get their name from the belly-button formation opposite the stem end.
- Valencia oranges are the most widely planted variety of orange worldwide!
- Pummelos are the largest of all citrus fruit and the Chinese believe that eating Pummelos brings good luck, so they are popular during the Chinese New Year.
- Contrary to what most of us think, this fruit was not named for its color. Instead, the word orange comes from a transliteration of the sanskrit naranga. Which comes from the Tamil naru. Which means “fragrant.”
- It’s thought that the reason oranges have long been associated with fertility (and therefore, weddings) is because this lush evergreen tree can simultaneously produce flowers, fruit and foliage.
- You will have to eat 7 cups of cornflakes to get the same amount to fiber you would get from one medium orange!
- After chocolate and vanilla, orange is the world’s favorite flavor.
- Christopher Columbus brought the first orange seeds and seedlings to the New World on his second voyage in 1493.
- Christopher Columbus brought the first orange to America in 1493
- Oranges are the largest citrus crop in the World
- Orange Trees were first grown in China
- A little green on the skin is often caused by re greening and will not affect the taste
- About 25 billion oranges are grown each year in America, Florida grows the most
- Each person eats about 12.5 lb of citrus each year!
- In the 18th Century British sailors took sauerkraut and citrus fruits on the ships to prevent scurvy
- One orange supplies a full days Vitamin C requirement
- Oranges are fourth most popular fruit and orange juice is the most popular juice in America.
- In India .Nagpur is famous for orange production , due to which it is called orange city
- The Florida oranges are greener than the California oranges. The warm night climate in Florida causes the chlorophyll pigments to migrate into the orange peel making it more greener.
- It is possible for more than one plant to grow from a single seed of orange.
- Oranges and orange blossoms are a symbol of love.
- Oranges were known as the fruits of the Gods. They were often referred as the ‘golden apples’ that Hercules stole.
Health Benefits of Oranges:
1. Helps Prevent Cancer
Oranges are rich in citrus limonoids, proven to help fight a number of varieties of cancer including that of the skin, lung, breast, stomach and colon.
2. Prevents Kidney Diseases
Drinking orange juice regularly prevents kidney diseases and reduces the risk of kidney stones.
Note: drink juice in moderate amounts. The high sugar content of fruit juices can cause tooth decay and the high acid content can wear away enamel if consumed in excess.
3. Reduces Risk of Liver Cancer
According to two studies in Japan eating mandarin oranges reduces liver cancer. This may be due in part to vitamin A compounds known as carotenoids.
4. Lowers Cholesterol
Since they’re full of soluble fiber, oranges are helpful in lowering cholesterol.
5. Boosts Heart Health
Oranges are full of potassium, an electrolyte mineral is responsible for helping the heart function well. When potassium levels get too low, you may develop an abnormal heart rhythm, known as an arrhythmia.
7. Fights Against Viral Infections
Studies show that the abundance of polyphenols in oranges protects against viral infections.
8. Relieves Constipation
Oranges are full of dietary fiber which stimulates digestive juices and relieves constipation.
9. Helps Create Good Vision
Oranges are rich in carotenoid compounds which are converted to vitamin A and help prevent macular degeneration.
10. Regulates High Blood Pressure
The flavonoid hesperidin found in oranges helps regulate high blood pressure and the magnesium in oranges helps maintain blood pressure.
11. Protects Skin
Oranges are full of beta-carotene is a powerful antioxidant protecting the cells from being damage which also protects the skin from free radicals and prevents the signs of aging.
12. Oranges Alkalize the Body
Although oranges are acidic before you digest them, they contain many alkaline minerals that help to balance out the body after they are digested. In this respect, they are similar to lemons which are one of the most alkaline foods available.
13. Provides Smart Carbs:
Oranges like all fruits have simple sugars in them, but the orange has a glycemic index of 40. Anything under 55 is considered low. This means as long as you don’t eat a lot of oranges at one time, they won’t spike your blood sugar and cause problems with insulin or weight gain