Orange We Glad We Have Oranges
The color Orange is named after a fruit. Of the eight basic colors, it is the only one named after a fruit. This article takes a look at the most important of all citrus fruits. Many of us take an Orange for granted. When offered a fruit to eat, most of us select an Apple or a Banana. This is probably because they are easy to eat, handle, and peel and dispose of. However, the most valuable of these fruits is the Orange.
The first Orange tree was planted in Laos Angele sin 1841 by William Wilfskill. He planted the first table grape arbor. Although he was laughed at, he sold them to the Gold Rush individuals. In 1877, with the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad, he began shipping them to St. Louis. The California Citrus Industry was off to it’s beginning.
The Washington navel was started slowly in1873 by Eliza Tibbets. By 1878, she had three fruit bearing trees. Today, we all have eaten Washington navels.
Brazil is the leader in Orange production followed very closely by the United States. Florida produces three times more Oranges than any other State. However Oranges are grown in many countries that have warm climates. The Sun plays a very important part in the growth of Oranges. We covered here that oranges come in all sizes and shapes as well as flavors!
One medium Orange has 80 calories. 0% Fat, Saturated Fat, Cholesterol, and Sodium. 21g of Carbohydrates 7%, 5g of dietary fiber 21%. 14g of sugar. 1g of protein. 120% of Vitamin C, 0% Vitamin A and Iron. 4% of Calcium.
Two medium oranges make one cup of Orange Juice. Three medium oranges equal about one pound of Oranges. One medium Orange equals four teaspoons of grated peel or zest.
So how do you select Oranges at the market? Feel their weight. Heavy Oranges means lot’s of juice. Blemishes or mold should be tossed aside. Wrinkles mean that they have lost their juice. Light weight fruit has less juice and drier pulp
Note; All citrus fruits are waxed to shine. This is because they lose their shine when they are first washed and cleaned. Always store in a cool area and inside a plastic bag. You should try to eat them within a few days.
May of us take Oranges for granted. We see them all the time. However, when it is time to put them in our lunch bags, we often go with a different fruit instead. Oranges are probably the best healthful fruit that you can have in your diet.