Oranges A to Z: Things to Know

A rich source of Vitamin C and anti-oxidants, oranges are a typical winter fruit and a common ingredient in sweet and sour recipes.


Oranges, with their anti-inflammatory properties, stimulate the detoxification process through the liver.


Oranges are ideal for recipes calling for a sweet and sour flavor. Duck all’orange, much loved in both France and Italy, is a perfect example.


The orange originated as a hybrid plant in China and Southeast Asia. Merchants from Portugal were the first to begin trading them in the 14th Century.


A diet rich in oranges is ideal for the cold winter months, as it maintains the body’s natural pH balance. The “orange diet” calls for the two main meals a day to include carbohydrates and vegetables and protein and vegetables, with oranges eaten as snacks.

Essential oil

Orange oil has many benefits for the body: it eases digestion, helps insomnia, and is also a muscle relaxer. Adding a couple of drops to a warm bath will give you a sure sense of wellbeing.

Good luck

Dating from ancient times, oranges have been a symbol of good luck, abundance, purity, virginity and fertility.


Oranges most likely originated centuries ago as a hybrid coming from the mandarin and the grapefuit – a large citrus fruit. They are now an autonomous plant.


The Northern Italian city of Ivrea has been holding a Carnival festival every year since 1808, which includes a “Battle of Oranges”. From carriages or on foot, troops of “orange soldiers” make their way around the city.

King orange

Is the name of the world’s largest orange. After 15 years of research, the Agricultural Research Institute of Taiwan managed to create an orange weighing in at 600 grams, with a diameter of 10.5 centimeters. A cross between an American and Japanese variety, it was the researcher Huang Ah-hsien to introduce it to the world.


Navel oranges are a special variety of oranges, where a tiny twin fruit is contained at the opposite end of the stem.


The peel and juice of oranges can be used to make a savory risotto. For this dish, it’s important to use pesticide-free fruit.

Sicily and Spain

Over 80% of all European oranges come from Sicily and Spain, and the EU produces around 6 million tons per year.


According to an ancient tradition, a bride should wear a crown of orange blossoms on her wedding day, as a symbol of her purity.

Xmas tree

In the past, families of modest means used oranges to decorate their Christmas trees. The fruit was sliced and baked in the oven, left to dry and then hung on branches with colorful ribbon.


According to the Greek myth, for Zeus’s wedding, Juno had orange trees in her dowry. Zeus kept them in a secret garden, that only Hercules was able to reach – and it was Hercules who brought this unknown fruit to humans.

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