Welcome to Oranges - a blog dedicated to everything and anything about Oranges!
date; Sunday, April 13, 2008
time; 11:18 PM
Orange, raw, Florida
Energy 50 kcal 190 kJ Carbohydrates 11.54 g - Sugars 9.14 g - Dietary fiber 2.4 g Fat 0.21 g Protein 0.70 g Thiamin (Vit. B1) 0.100 mg 8% Riboflavin (Vit. B2) 0.040 mg 3% Niacin (Vit. B3) 0.400 mg 3% Pantothenic acid (B5) 0.250 mg 5% Vitamin B6 0.051 mg 4% Folate (Vit. B9) 17 μg 4% Vitamin C 45 mg 75% Calcium 43 mg 4% Iron 0.09 mg 1% Magnesium 10 mg 3% Phosphorus 12 mg 2% Potassium 169 mg 4% Zinc 0.08 mg 1%
date; Tuesday, April 8, 2008
time; 11:18 PM
Orange output in 2005
date; Thursday, March 27, 2008
time; 11:17 PM
Origin of the Name
Oranges originated in southeast Asia, in either India, Vietnam or southern China. The fruit of Citrus sinensis is called sweet orange to distinguish it from Citrus aurantium, the bitter orange. The English name derives from the Sanskrit naranga-s ("orange tree"). In a number of languages, it is known as a "Chinese apple" (e.g. Dutch Sinaasappel, "China's apple").
date; Monday, March 17, 2008
time; 11:15 PM
Blood Orange While still maintaining an orange peel, the blood orange has streaks of red in the fruit and a dark burgundy pulp.
date; Thursday, February 28, 2008
time; 11:15 PM
Juice and other products
Oranges are widely grown in warm climates worldwide, and the flavours of oranges vary from sweet to sour. The fruit is commonly peeled and eaten fresh, or squeezed for its juice. It has a thick bitter rind that is usually discarded, but can be processed into animal feed by removing water, using pressure and heat. It is also used in certain recipes as flavouring or a garnish. The outer-most layer of the rind is grated or thinly veneered with a tool called a zester, to produce orange zest, popular in cooking because it has a flavour similar to the fleshy inner part of the orange. The white part of the rind, called the pericarp or albedo and including the pith, is a source of pectin and has nearly the same amount of vitamin C as the flesh.
Products made from oranges include:
Orange juice, one of the commodities traded on the New York Board of Trade. Brazil is the largest producer of orange juice in the world, followed by the USA. It is made by squeezing the fruit on a special instrument called a "juicer" or a "squeezer". The juice is collected in a small tray underneath. This is mainly done in the home, and in industry will be done on a much larger scale. Frozen orange juice concentrate is made from freshly squeezed and filtered orange juice. Sweet orange oil, a by-product of the juice industry produced by pressing the peel. It is used as a flavouring of food and drink and for its fragrance in perfume and aromatherapy. Sweet orange oil consists of about 90% d-Limonene, a solvent used in various household chemicals, such as to condition wooden furniture, and along with other citrus oils in grease removal and as a hand-cleansing agent. It is an efficient cleaning agent which is promoted as being environmentally friendly and preferable to petroleum distillates. However, d-Limonene causes cancer in rats and is classified as toxic or very toxic in several countries. Its smell is considered more pleasant by some than those of other cleaning agents. The orange blossom, which is the state flower of Florida, is traditionally associated with good fortune, and was popular in bridal bouquets and head wreaths for weddings for some time. The petals of orange blossom can also be made into a delicately citrus-scented version of rosewater. Orange blossom water is a common part of Middle Eastern cuisine. The orange blossom gives its touristic nickname to the Costa del Azahar ("Orange-blossom coast"), the Castellon seaboard. In Spain, fallen blossoms are dried and then used to make tea. Orange blossom honey, or actually citrus honey, is produced by putting beehives in the citrus groves during bloom, which also pollinates seeded citrus varieties. Orange blossom honey is highly prized, and tastes much like orange. Marmalade, a conserve usually made with Seville oranges. All parts of the orange are used to make marmalade: the pith and pips are separated, and typically placed in a muslin bag where they are boiled in the juice (and sliced peel) to extract their pectin, aiding the setting process. Orange peel is used by gardeners as a slug repellent.
date; Tuesday, February 12, 2008
time; 11:14 PM
date; Monday, January 28, 2008
time; 11:12 PM
Oranges in popular culture
Outspan, a branch of Fyffes, had three "motorized oranges" built in 1972, with bits from a mini, in order to promote their fruit. In The Godfather and its sequels the presence of oranges on screen indicates an imminent death or injury.