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Oranges strengthen your body and even puts you in a good mood

10/31/2014 12:50:35 PM
written By : Nithya Subramanian Print

If orange is said to have originated in China, it seems to have got its name from India. 

While the wild varieties of orange are believed to have been found in southern China, north-eastern India and South-east Asia, the fruit was first cultivated in China around 2500 BC.

Italian crusaders introduced bitter oranges to their countrymen in the 11th century, the sweet orange was first grown in the Mediterranean region in the 15th century. Spanish explorers took the fruit across the Atlantic to the American continent with Christopher Columbus carrying seeds of lemons, oranges and other citron to Haiti and the Caribbean in 1493. Missionaries too contributed to its expansion by cultivating orange trees in various parts of the US.

The name orange too has been derived from the Sanskrit word naranga (orange tree). As the fruit travelled to the West, its name too evolved to become narang in Persian and naranj in Arabic. Soon the French started calling it pomme d’orenge, which eventually became orange.

Orange has several health benefits apart from being a rich source of Vitamin C.

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