Have you ever wondered which came first? The fruit or the colour?
The colour was named after the fruit. The earliest recorded use of the word orange was used in the 1300s from the Old French orenge, adapted from the Arabic nāranj, from the Persian nārang, from the Sanskrit nāranga which translates to “orange tree.”
During the Age of Discovery, oranges saved lives. As oranges are rich in vitamin C and don’t spoil easily, Portuguese, Spanish and Dutch sailors planted citrus trees along trade routes to prevent scurvy. Christopher Columbus brought the first orange seeds and seedlings to the New World on his second voyage in 1493. You can see how citrus fruits have become prized crops around the globe.
These are the 5 basic varieties of Oranges available: Navel Orange
Blood, Mandarin, Tangerine, Clementine.
In Greek, mythology oranges were often referred to as the ‘golden apples’ that Hercules stole as part of his quest.
Oranges are one of the richest sources of the powerful antioxidant, Vitamin C.
Vitamin C is important for the growth and repair of body tissues and it helps repair wounds.
This antioxidant attacks potentially harmful free radicals in the body and neutralises them. It strengthens the immune system and keeps away many infection-causing microbes.
Every element of orange is useful to us, from pulp to the skin.
The free radicals in this fruit give us anti-ageing benefits by helping to reduce the sagging of cheeks and reduce the formation of wrinkles.
It has a high water content which makes it low in calories and high in taste. This fruit is a wonderful addition to your diet to help you lose weight. Eaten whole, it is full of fibre to help you feel fuller for longer.
The high potassium content it is considered to be one of the best fruits for people with a deficiency of this mineral. Potassium helps maintain healthy blood pressure.
Orange is rich in folate, this helps the body form red blood cells and is very important in the first few months of pregnancy in reducing the risk of the baby developing foetal defects.
If the family were a fruit, it would be an orange, a circle of sections, held together, but separable. Notice that each segment is distinct, yet it unifies together to create a perfect whole nourishing fruit.
Orange helps us rebuild the dynamics of the family. If you have any family issues or family relations you wish to heal, connect with the spirit of the orange. This juicy, fresh nourishing fruit will help you heal your issues and bring back vitality and colour to the relationship.
Orange oil benefits are widely known in aromatherapy for its rejuvenating properties. Skin rejuvenation, acne prevention and ageing signs are some of the best Orange peel uses.
Fresh orange juice in the morning can supply you with your entire daily requirement of vitamin C.
Grate orange peel into water.
Add orange peel as garnishing to any dishes that call you to experiment with your creativity.
Orange and chocolate are a wonderful healing combination.