Oranges (Citrus sinensis) are round orange colored fruits with a thick skin, fibrous juicy flesh, and little white seeds. Oranges have several segments held together by a white fibrous matrix known as the pith.
Health Benefits of Oranges
Increased Protection from Bacterial and Viral Infections
Increased Immune Function
Reduced Cancer Risk
Reduced Risk of Colon Cancer
Protection Against Heart Disease
DNA Repair and Protection
Alleviation of Cardiovascular Disease
Alleviation of Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
Flavanones found in oranges are believed to have anti-inflammatory properties. The flavanones also help to lower blood pressure, and cholesterol. *Some of these health benefits are due to the nutrients highly
concentrated in Oranges, and may not necessarily be related to Oranges.
Look for oranges that are firm with no soft spots or discolorations. You can try to find soft oranges if you intend to juice them.
Climate and origin
Able to grow in both temperate and tropical climates, oranges are thought to have originated in Southeast Asia, spreading to the Middle East in the 9th century and on to the Caribbean and western world later in the 15th century. Oranges remained rare and expensive until delivery systems were set up in the 20th century.
Oranges are sweet fruits with a tart, acidic, and slightly sour taste which combine to form quintessential flavor label of "citrus".
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