Orange

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: Orange – Swiss food composition database

 

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