Thursday, November 13, 2014
How About Some Orange Trivia?
On average they have nine or ten segments, also called carpels.
If Navel oranges are seedless how do they grow new trees?
Since navel oranges are seedless, farmers couldn’t simply grow another tree from the seeds to get more of the fruit. The only way to grow more navel oranges is to amputate a blossoming bud from an existing navel orange tree and unite it with another compatible fruit tree’s trunk or root. This process is called grafting and is only successful if the grafted fruit trees are compatible with one another. Since navel oranges belong to the same species as grapefruits, lemons, and limes, they can be grafted with any of these.
Which came First orange the fruit or orange the color?
The word orange itself was introduced to English through the Spanish word “naranja”, which came from the Sanskrit word nāraṅga, which literally means “orange tree”. The English dropped the leading “n” and eventually we got the word “orange”.
In the early 16th century, the word orange gradually started being used to not only refer to the fruit, but also what we now know of as the color orange.
What percentage of oranges are eaten for their fruit?
Only one in five oranges are eaten for their fruit. The other eighty percent will be used in industry to produce everything from juice and fragrances to face cream. One of the more famous products is orange blossom delicious honey. (BTW we sell that on http://sunburstoranges.com.)
Where is the oldest orange tree?
The oldest orange tree on record is in Versailles France, known as the Great Constable. It was planted in 1422 by Eleanor of Carlisle, wife of Charles III, King of Navarre.
Do Navel Oranges grow in the wild?
Navel Oranges are domesticated. Since they can only grow by being grafted to another rootstock you are unlikely to find them outside of an orange ranch or orchard.
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