Who doesn’t crave for the resplendent oranges? From kids to grandpas; oranges are dear to everyone. The enigmatic flavor of this citrus fruit could be the perfect treat to your taste buds. Besides being a fruit for everyone, oranges has many other things worth knowing. Here are some interesting facts about oranges:
1. The Orange Capital of the World!
Brazil is the largest producer of this fruit followed by United States, Mexico, and China. It is surprising that one-third of the orange production in the world comes alone from Brazil. Favorable climatic conditions and an above average number of producers in the country helps it to be a global leader in producing oranges. Florida provides approximately 70% of the total oranges produced in the United States.
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2. King of Citrus Family
Oranges dominate the list of citrus fruits in terms of their worldwide production. Its production quantity is followed by mandarins, lemons, grapefruits, etc.
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3. Oranges are not wild!
The wild state of oranges are unknown and they are mostly found as shrubs in the gardens.
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4. Fountainhead of Vitamin C
Include it in your lunch or make it a part of your breakfast, it is going to benefit you in every way. The prominent reason is that oranges are full of vitamin C. An orange is enough to quench your requirement of vitamin C for the entire day. Moreover, its flavor soothes your taste buds.
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5. Go Green
One of the varieties of orange i.e Valencia Orange remains green even after ripening because their peel has a tendency to reabsorb chlorophyll in the warm climate. Although, it may seem raw to your eyes; it tastes same as a ripened orange.
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6. Orange Blossom
Orange flower has been assigned as the state flower of Florida because of its fragrance and high production in the state. It is one of the most fragrant flowers in Florida and scents the state during orange blossom season. Not only flower, orange as a fruit has also been designated as the state fruit and its juice as the state beverage.
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7. Not a true fruit rather a hybrid!
Orange is one of the best known hybrid fruits. Sweet orange is a blend of Citrus and Sinensis while sour orange is a blend Citrus and Aurantium. Sweet orange is a hybrid of Pomelo and Mandarin with 25% and 75% genes respectively. So, we would be glad to call it the child of Pomelo and Mandarin because it contains their genes.☺
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8. Hold on! Save the Orange Peel
We know that you have been enjoying oranges a lot but what do you do with the peel? Well, It can be used to make candies and orange tea. It can also be used at home as a natural cleanser. In Jamaica, people use orange peel to remove grease and oil spots. It can be used as a natural medicine for lowering blood pressure, depression, and anxiety, etc.
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9. Youthful Tree
Did you know that orange tree is an evergreen tree? Their foliage remains green throughout the year. Old leaves are replaced by new leaves which keep the plant green for always.
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10. Go Orange!
Oranges are perfect antioxidants, which aid in decreasing burns due to oxidation. It also enhances the immune system by providing resistance power against infectious agents. Vitamin C found in oranges fights against inflammation caused due to the pro-inflammatory free radicals present in the blood.
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11. Oranges are skin-friendly!
Oranges have antioxidant properties that help rejuvenate your skin and you look youthful for a long time. Their peels are used in face-washes and sunscreens, which help protect your skin from harmful radiations.
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12. Highly acidic!
Oranges are around 10 thousand times more acidic than the pH of our blood!
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13. Weight-loss with Orange!
14. Consummate Absorbent
Oranges are good absorbents that help in digesting a variety of medicines, especially Vitamin D supplements. So, next time, while taking your Vitamin D pills, don’t forget to have orange juice, otherwise, it may lead to the formation of stones in your body.
15. Vitamin Supplement
88% of orange consists of vitamin C, rest of the part provides other vitamins and minerals. Other important vitamins and minerals found in orange are vitamin A, vitamin B1, vitamin B6, vitamin-D, Folate, Potassium, and vitamin B-12.
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16. Fruit 0r Color?
The word “Orange” was first used for the color and not for the fruit.
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17. Guess! Who introduced Oranges to America!
It is believed that Christopher Columbus was the first person who brought orange seeds to America in 1493.
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