10 Juicy Facts About Oranges


Whether you prefer mandarin, clementine, navel or another type of orange, there’s no debating the popular fruits’ sweet and tangy flavor. Oranges make a delicious and healthy addition to breakfast, as well as a perfect midday snack. You might be well aware that oranges are packed with vitamin C, but that’s not the only health benefit they offer. They also contain calcium, potassium, B vitamins and fiber. Here are 10 juicy facts about oranges you might not know:

  1. Oranges are believed to have first originated in Southeast Asia, then spread to India
  2. There are two general categories of oranges: sweet and bitter
  3. In a scientific sense, oranges are considered to be berries
  4. The earliest reported sweet orange cultivation occurred in Sicily, Calabria and southern Spain in 1525
  5. Today, orange production is the highest in the United States, Spain, China, Mexico, Turkey and South Africa, exported from China, Brazil and Mexico
  6. Oranges grow on 30-foot trees in subtropical climates — in the U.S. this means Florida and California
  7. One cup of oranges contains a whopping 165 percent of the recommended daily value
  8. The powerful antioxidants in oranges can help build up the body’s resistance to infection
  9. There are over 600 different types of oranges growing around the world today
  10. Orange peels are edible!

Not only are orange peels edible — they’re also great for you! Despite the fact that most people peel an orange before they eat it, eating the peel can actually provide your body with numerous health benefits. Orange peels are rich in flavonoids and other phytochemicals that have anticancer, anti-inflammatory, anti-allergy and heart-healthy effects. Orange peels also contain an even higher amount of vitamin C than the actual orange flesh does.

If you’re feeling a bit brave the next time you eat an orange, try the peel! The best way to enjoy it is to grate the zest and add it to salads, dressings, yogurt, tea, fish or vegetables. You can also blend the peel into a smoothie. Unfortunately, In December 2018, the EPA approved the “maximum level” of oxytetracycline for use in citrus fruits. This drug acts as a pesticide intended to suppress citrus greening disease. To enjoy your oranges and orange peels sans dangerous pesticides and antibiotic residues, always opt for organic varieties, and wash well before use.

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