Oranges are associated a lot more than just a fruit or a citrus juice solution. Since thousands of years oranges have gained quite a bit of popularity in evoking various associations like being wealthy, symbol of fertility, abundance, immortality, longevity and beauty. In the Middle Eastern cultures people have always loved orange trees and fruits. There are special metions of oranges in ancient literature from China, Greek and many Asian cultures. So what is special about this fruit and what are some interesting facts you didn’t know!
17 interesting facts about oranges
- Many people consider the name Orange is derived from ‘Naranga’ in Sanskruti. Naranga became ‘narang’ in arabic and ‘orenge’ the Old French Orange is an evergreen tree
- Botanical name of Orange is Citrus sinesis
- The orange tree can grow as tall as 30-35 feet
- There are close to 600 varieties of oranges
- Oranges are believed to have originated in South East Asia around 4000 BCE
- The wood of the orange tree is used for manicure and pedicure as it neither absorbs water nor splinters
- There is a museum for oranges in Burriana Valencia, Spain called Museu de la Taronja and is quite a crowd puller
- Orange peel is very useful – can be used to cut grease, keep away slugs from the garden
- Orange peel is used as a natural cleanser. Check out PlantScience SkinCare range for more info.
- Oranges are gifted in China on New Year’s Day as they are associated with good fortune
- Brazil is the largest producer of oranges in the world. Close to a third of the oranges come from Brazil.
- United States of America is the largest consumer (mostly OJ – orange juice)
- Citrus fruits like orange the fruits are abundant in other macronutrients, including sugars, dietary fiber, potassium, folate, calcium, thiamin, niacin, vitamin B6, phosphorus, magnesium, copper, riboflavin and pantothenic acid
- Many parts of the orange tree and fruit are used as traditional medicinal herbs in several Asian countries, such as China, Japan and Korea.
- Orange blossoms are considered a symbol of love and it is believed that Hercules stole the first ever ‘golden apples’ from the magical garden of Hesperides
- There are 10 segments in the average orange
- Oranges don’t spoil easily and last as long as 3 weeks once plucked
How do you like your oranges now?
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