The orange is a citrus fruit.  Years ago in Europe, it was known in Holland and Germany as the Chinese apple. This fruit has been cultivated for over 4000 years in China.

The orange came to Europe in the 15th century. Today, oranges and citrus fruits are the most commonly grown fruits in the world. They grow in the earth’s warm zones. Oranges are harvested ripe because they do not ripen after being picked.  Oranges can be stored in the refrigerator for about two weeks and at room temperature for about one week; after, they begin to dry out.

Season: From November to March (only imported produce)

Nutritional Value Table

per 100 g edible portion
Energy Nutrients Minerals Vitamins
44 kcal Protein 1 g Sodium 4 mg B1 0.09 mg
185 kJ Fat 0.2 g Potassium 179 mg B2 0.04 mg
  Carbohydrates 8.6 g Calcium 40 mg B6 0.06 mg
  Dietary fibres 1.8 g Phosphorus 16 mg C 53 mg
      E 0.24 mg

Energy: 44 kcal, 185 kJ

Nutrients: Protein 1 g, Fat 0.2 g, Carbohydrates 8.6 g, Dietary fibres 1.8 g

Minerals: Sodium 4 mg, Potassium 179 mg, Calcium 40 mg, Phosphorus 16 mg

Vitamins: B1 0.09 mg, B2 0.04 mg, B6 0.06 mg, C 53 mg, E 0.24 mg

Did you know...?

The orange has an important role as an excellent supplier of vitamin C in the winter.

1 portion a day corresponds to:

A medium-sized orange