EN on Foods

February 2015 Issue

Orange Zest Appeal

Oranges, native to Southeast Asia, date back 7,000 years when different varieties were grown in parts of India. They arrived in Europe, where they were mostly used medicinally, in the 15th century. From there, Spanish explorers brought oranges to the New World in the 16th century, when missionaries planted orange trees in Florida, and later, California—two states well-known for their orange groves. These citrus gems were highly prized and expensive before the 20th century, eaten only on special holidays, like Christmas. Fortunately, this popular fruit is much more accessible today!

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