The name orange is derived from a Sanskrit word “naranga” of the Dravidian origin. There are many species of oranges and distinguished based on the country where it is grown.
The volatile organic compounds like aldehydes, alcohol, ketones and esters impart a peculiar aroma to it and in olden days it was even cultivated for its fragrance and used as scent. Oranges were excellent remedies for bad breath and worked as insect repellents. In the recent era it is cultivated for its pulp and juice extraction.
It is one of the most well-known and richest sources of Vitamin C . Its is a powerful immune booster and has many health benefits. It is a potent antioxidant and has shown to have anti-inflammatory properties due to the presence of phytochemicals and flavonoids
Vitamin C (Ascorbic acid) being the most important nutrient in Oranges, is responsible for collagen formation which is a primary component of connective tissue, responsible for strong ligaments and tendons. Apart from Vitamin A &Vitamin C, they also are a great source of Phosphorus, Magnesium, Manganese, Selenium, Copper, Choline, Zeaxanthin, and Carotenoids.
Choline helps with sleep, muscular movements and cellular membranes. Its deficiency is also alarming as it leads to scurvy.
Grown mainly during the winter season, apart from its pulp, it’s rind is also grated to produce orange zest.
Oranges are relished as:
Incorporate oranges as a yummy treat in many ways :-
Apart from nutritional value, its skin is used as face mask