There are hundreds of varieties of oranges all over the world. They are a wonderful fruit to eat since our bodies can’t produce vitamin C on its own. In order to get your daily supply of sunshine you need to consume foods rich in vitamin C and an orange is your best choice. There are seven most popular types of oranges that people prefer to purchase and they are the: Naval, Cara Cara, Blood orange, Clementine, Tangerine, Satsuma and the Sumo oranges.
Did you know that the skins or rind on an orange is actually green? As the fruit ripens on the tree the heat from the sun pulls the chlorophyll out of the skin of the orange. As it does this the skin turns from green to a light orange hue until it is fully ripened and turns a bright rich orange color.
Oranges are one of the most popular fruits eaten. They are the number one source of vitamin C as far as fruits are concerned. Oranges are native to Asia and provide lots of instant energy from all the natural sugars it is made up of.
The orange is packed full of minerals, vitamins and nutrients, (Vitamins A, B1, B3, B5, C, E, K, beta-carotene, folic acid, beta-sitosterol, potassium, selenium, zinc, limonene, calcium, iodine, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, hesperidin and fiber.)
The vitamin C within an orange can help fight viruses and battle bacteria which is crucial to the cells in the body that aid in fighting diseases and can also help build up ones immunity.
It’s a known fact that oranges play a part in reducing heart disease. The hesperdin, which acts as a antioxidant can lower LDL levels (bad cholesterol) and increase HDL levels (good cholesterol).
Oranges also contain a plant sterol called beta-sitosterol that helps to prevent the formation of many tumors. Limonene is also found in oranges just like in lemons. This chemical contains anticarcinogenic properties that benefit those who are at risk or who suffer from one form of cancer or another.
Full of natural sugars, oranges help maintain blood-glucose levels which is important to anyone watching their sugar and especially diabetic patients.
The vitamin C contained in one single orange fulfills the recommended dosage needed daily. The citamin has been known to be effective against respiratory ailments, reducing stomach ulcers, helps prevent kidney stones and is very effective agains colds and the flu.
Remember: The citric acid in the lemon can be detrimental to tooth enamel. It is best for your teeth to wait 20 minutes after consuming lemons before brushing your teeth. This will prevent the enamel from erosion and possibly tooth decay.
Here is a recipe using oranges that you might like to try!
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Which orange is your favorite?
With all the varieties of oranges on the market sometimes it is hard to choose which is the best to bring home to the family. Check out this list below and hopefully you will be able to pick and choose your favorite oranges!
These oranges are called navel oranges because they have a unique characteristic about them. There is actually another orange attached to one end of the fruit which is smaller giving the appearance of a navel. Their taste is sweet with a bright orange coloring although they aren’t as juicy as some other types of oranges.
Cara Cara oranges
These oranges are a mix between a typical orange and the navel orange. There is a characteristic that makes them stand apart from the others and that is the bright pink inner fruit flesh. The pink color has a berry flavor undertone to them.
These oranges are tart and usually have sourness to them not common in other oranges. At times the outside of the orange looks like there are rust spots on them that is a tell tale sign there is fruit inside. They have a deep red color to them because they are rich in anthocyanins.
These little beauties are also known as seedless tangerines and are a hybrid of the mandarin orange. . They are small in size, have a sweet flavor and quite easy to peel.
Slightly larger than a Clementine these oranges are very juicy. They have a thicker skin and membrane between the orange slices which makes they easy to peel.
These tender skinned oranges have a thin peel to them and are smaller than a normal orange. They don’t last as long as a navel orange and bruise quite easily. They should be eaten within a few days of purchase.
This orange fruit is almost seedless and has a very sweet and fragrant fruit flesh. The skin is quite thick and has a distinctive look to them. There is a knot at the top of the orange giving a sumo-like look to them.