I must admit I love oranges and tangerines more so. There is a tangerine tree in my yard, and as a kid we grew tangerines, and grapefruit, but never oranges, cannot really explain why.
Oranges are one of the most popular fruits where ever you go, orange juice is one of the popular juices on the shelves of super markets or any grocery store.it is as a regular drink at breakfast’ they are full of nutrients and low in calories
The origin of oranges dates back to 2500 BC when oranges were grown in the North eastern part of India, southeast Asia and the Southof China.e in the first century AD
It is reported that Christopher Columbus planted orange orchards in Haiti with seeds he bought in 1493.
Panama, Mexico got their first taste somewhere around 1518 followed by Brazil.
America got its first trees in 1513 via the Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon
The Romans took orange trees to Rome
Health Benefits of Eating Oranges
Oranges are high in vitamin C and B6
Keeps blood pressure under check due to the presence of magnesium
Important for a healthy immune system; as a kid we were always given orange juice to help fight colds.
Prevents skin damage
lowers risk of cancer-D-Limonene; a compound reported preventing cancers -lung, skin and breast
Lowers blood sugar level due to fiber content; but eat in moderation to stem being overweight.
Play a role in the process of digestion-lots of alkaline materials. Similar to a family member-lemons which are among the most alkaline foods.
Aids Eye health-rich source of carotenoid-vitamin A ; helps prevent age-related mascular degeneration, which can lead to blindness in extreme cases
soluble and insoluble fiber in oranges helps in the smooth function of stomach and intestine. Also, helps treat constipation.
Juice oranges when they are at room temperature
Extract more juice by rolling the orange under the palm of your hand on a flat surface
Eat your oranges quickly once they are cut, exposure to air destroys vitamin C
Eat oranges in moderation- too many oranges can cause stomach cramps and diarrhoea
Grapefruit is one of the citrus fruits but may be a hybrid it is suggested it is a cross between a pommel and a Jamaican sweet orange.
Guess what, the Island of my birth is part of its history. The discovery of the grapefruit dates back to 1750, when the grapefruit was first discovered in Barbados. the name may be because of it growing in clusters like grapes. the fruit was introduced to America in 1823
the grape fruit can be white, pink or red; they are fat and cholesterol free, low in calories and high in fiber
Pomelo or Shaddock-native to South Asia and Malaysia. the shaddock was named after Englishman Captain Shaddock, who introduced the seed to the West Indies in the seventeenth century, thus enabling the history of the grapefruit.
Lemon native to North Eastern India and South Asia; lemons are widely used in the preparation of foods, especially fish and in baking. my wife makes the best lemon bars. Lemon IS also popular for making tea or adding to regular tea, beers, or cocktails.
Mandarin-also used in salads
Clementine; A cross between the willow leaf mandarin and the sweet orange, must be a species of tangerine.
I have never used this name and it is not familiar, am i getting confused with my easy peeler and sweetness
Tangerine I love the texture sweetness and the easy peeling.
Tangerines were first grown in Palatka Florida in the 1800s they imported through the city of Tangier in Morocco, hence the name Tangerines.
Top Producers of oranges
Florida is known for its orange juice and grapefruit; grapefruits are mainly grown in California Arizona and Texas.
The Biggest producer of citrus is Brazil
Citrus fruits are grown all over the world including the Caribbean; according to UNCTAD there are 140 citrus producing countries, 70% of the world’s production grown in the USA, The Northern Hemisphere and the Mediterranean.
A reminder that I am just a researcher and not a health care giver; for more information on oranges and citrus fruits Google the following URLs
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I am also a fulltime Artist/Craftsman