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Properties of oranges

Properties of oranges

Mireia Cervera 21 February 2017

If we were to associate a fruit with the winter season, without a doubt, most of us would say the orange for sure. Discover in this post all its properties, how to preserve and cook it.

It is originally dsoutheastern China and northern Burma, although it has been known in the Mediterranean area for approximately three thousand years. The Arabs introduced it to southern Spain in the 15th century. The main orange producing country is Brazil, followedby the United States, China and Spain that ranks fourth in world production of this citrus.

The orange is the fruit of the sweet orange tree of the genus Citrus, and consists of about 20 species with edible fruits. NoThe sweet orange tree must be confused with the bitter one, cultivated since ancient times as an ornamental tree and to obtain fragrances from its fruits. Thanks to the fact that there are many different varieties of oranges, we can enjoy them practically all year round.or. From the first varieties that arrive at our table at the beginning of November to the latest ones, which arrive at the end of May.

Nutritional properties of oranges

It is one of the fruits with the lowest caloric content, since it has a large amount of water. It should be noted its content of vitamin C, which intervenes in the formation of collagen and favors the absorption of iron at the intestinal level. Although it is linked tothe possible improvement of catarrhal states, there are no scientific studies that corroborate this fact. What, if it has been observed for years in various studies, is that it seems that common colds last less in population groups that consumein vitamin C supplements. Its color is due to the presence of b-carotene, which increases immune function and reduces some infectious diseases. They also provide us with abundant fiber helping to regulate intestinal transit, as well as controlincrease uric acid and cholesterol levels. Its high content of folic acid makes it ideal for pregnant women. Oranges also contain a compound called D-limonene, a phytochemical found in the entire family ofcitrus fruits , and which has an anticancer action, protects against allergies, heart disorders and degenerative diseases.

In the market

From October to May there are always excellent quality Spanish oranges. The oranges must be fresh and firm in appearance, they must present a vivid color and a smooth skin. Reject herethem that have visible stains or that their texture is very soft, since they could be damaged quickly. At room temperature they can be stored for up to a week.

In the kitchen

The naRanjas, thanks to their pleasant flavor and refreshing properties, are one of the main table fruits, and are very popular and consumed by the entire population. It is an ideal healthy fast food , it has an id sizeUnique for individual consumption and its peel protects the pulp and prevents the interior from spoiling, so they can be taken anywhere and consumed at any time. But oranges can not only be consumed whole or in juice. AlsoThey can be used in countless recipes and dishes, both sweet and savory. You can take advantage of everything from this fruit.

In harvest season they are in their mThe best moment of consumption, with all its flavor and the best quality / price ratio. Its nutritional properties make it an essential food in a balanced and healthy diet. Take advantage of the fact that they are at their best and that they are not falte in your day to day.

Mireia Cervera Nutritionist Teresa Carles Healthy Foods Group - Flax & Kale