Orange (fruit)

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Sweet, flavorful oranges are a popular snack, and with good reason. One orange provides a whole day’s worth of vitamin C; and you’d have to eat seven bowls of cornflakes to get the same amount of fiber found in one orange, according to the Indian River Select website.

 

Fun Facts

  • Orange trees are small, evergreen trees. They can produce as many as 60,000 white blossoms in the spring. The white blossoms have a sweet, orange-like scent.
  • Bergamot oranges aren’t used for food, but for making oils that are used in perfumes, air fresheners, and cleaners.
  • Only about 20 percent of oranges grown are eaten fresh. The rest are used for juice, flavorings, and jams.
  • Orange trees were first grown in China. The Chinese believe that eating pummelos, the largest citrus fruit, brings good luck.
  • Christopher Columbus brought orange seeds to America in 1493.
  • Today, Florida is the largest orange grower in the U.S., followed by California. Florida-grown oranges tend to be greener than California oranges. This has to do with the warm nights in Florida. It doesn’t affect the fruit’s flavor.
  • Orange juice is the most popular juice in America.

 

Vocabulary

  1. Bergamot: a fragrant variety of orange
  2. Evergreen: a plant that keeps its leaves year-round.
  3. Pummelo: a large citrus fruit

 

Questions and Answers

Question: What’s the best way to eat an orange?

Answer: There is no one best way. Some people prefer to peel and quarter oranges. Have an adult score the fruit first with a knife to make it easier to peel. Others prefer to cut oranges into quarters.

Learn More

Visit a California orange orchard.