Oranges - Overview

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Oranges may well have been America’s first “health food.” Long recognized as a potent source of vitamin C, oranges are considered by most to be tasty, juicy, and perhaps too familiar. No one gets very excited about an orange in a lunchbox—but they should. The discoveries that are being made about the power of oranges to support heart health and prevent cancer, stroke, diabetes, and a host of chronic ailments should bring oranges and other citrus fruits back to center stage as crucial components in a healthy diet.

Oranges originated in Asia thousands of years ago and have become one of the most popular fruits the world over. Christopher Columbus brought orange seeds to the Caribbean Islands in the late fifteenth century, and Spanish explorers then brought oranges to Florida in the next century. About two hundred years later, in the eighteenth century, Spanish missionaries brought oranges to California. These two states remain the primary producers of oranges in the United States.
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