We all know that an orange is a delectable pulpy fruit that belongs to the genus Citrus, the other famous members of which are lemon, lime, and grapefruit. The scientific name of the sweet orange is Citrus sinensis, while the name of the bitter variety is Citrus aurantium. The orange is considered a hybrid, possibly between Citrus maxima (pomelo) and Citrus reticulata (mandarin).
The fruit is covered by a bright yellow to orange-colored skin, known as the epicarp, and a thick, spongy mesocarp that lies beneath the epicarp. The internal part is divided into several individual segments (10 or more) with thin, but tough skins, that hold together the actual juicy pulp. Inside the segments, you may also find seeds that are known as 'pips'. Oranges became famous throughout the world, when they emerged as a miraculous cure for the disease, scurvy.
Here are some interesting facts that you may not know.
Because oranges do not spoil easily and are full of vitamin C during the years of world exploration sailors planted orange and other citrus trees along trade routes to prevent scurvy which is a disease that develops from a deficiency of vitamin C.
It is believed that Christopher Columbus was the first to bring orange seeds to America during his second voyage to the region in 1493.
How many towns or cities in the U.S.A. are named Orange? Technically, just five:
Orange, California, Orange, Texas, Orange, Connecticut, Orange, Ohio and Orange, Virginia..
But there are also two Orange Cities - Orange City, Florida and Orange City, Iowa.
Plus, there are some other cities with Orange in the name: Orange Beach, Alabama, Orange Cove, California, Port Orange, Florida, East Orange, New Jersey, Orange Grove, Texas, West Orange, Texas and Orange Park, Florida.
Around 85% of all oranges produced are used for juice, most of which come from Brazil.
There are now over 600 varieties of oranges worldwide.
Orange trees are domesticated so you are unlikely to find them growing naturally in the wild.
The white orange blossom is highly fragrant and has long been used in weddings as cake decoration, in bridal bouquets and in head wreaths. The blossom essence is an important component in the making of perfume and the petals can also be made into "orange blossom/flower water".
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