What's a better lunchbox treat than a delicious, juicy orange, with its sweet, tangy flavor and its own easily peeled protective casing? Oranges in the scientific sense are considered to be berries, the fruit being arils, divided into sections known as segments or carpels, surrounded by the leathery, pocked peel which, like the fruit, is highly nutritious. Thought to have been cultivated first in Southeast Asia. Oranges grow on 30-foot trees in subtropical climates where there's a lot of water, sunshine, and warmth, which is why southern and western states like California and Florida are known for their oranges. Some varieties are bitter, but the most popular type is sweet, great for just plain eating or used to make juice, zest from the peel, marmalade, and liqueurs.
Myth- Orange juice is a good source of vitamin C
It turns out that even though juice might contain a lot of vitamin C, the high sugar content actually prevents your body from absorbing that vitamin C. Glucose (carbohydrates in your blood) competes for the same receptors in your body as vitamin C uses — only one of them can win. The higher your blood sugar levels, the less vitamin C your cells can take up. In addition, higher blood-sugar levels impair re-absorption of vitamin C by your kidneys. So drinking juice increases the amount of vitamin C you need while simultaneously making it more difficult to absorb.
Truth- Eat whole fruits -no syrup, no added sugar, just the fruit itself.
Orange Fun Facts
• A single citrus plant can bear as many as 60,000 flowers, but only 1% of those flowers will turn into fruit
• Navel oranges get their name from the belly-button formation opposite the stem end.
• Valencia oranges are the most widely planted variety of orange worldwide