Orange - Natural Benefits and Curative Properties
Botanical Name :: Citrus aurantium
Indian Name :: Santra
The orange is one of the finest gifts of nature. It is the most popular wide-spread of the citrus fruits. It is a very delicious and nourishing fruit which is up to 12 em. in diametric, though most common ones are only 6 to 8 em. in diameter. The fruit grows on a spreading evergreen tree, up to 12 me. tall, .with dark green leaves and fragrant flowers.
There are many varieties of oranges. The more important i ones are loose-skinned orange, tight-skinned orange and sour orange. The loose-skinned orange is very popular in India and the tight-skinned one is very popular in Europe.
Origin and Distribution
The orange is a native of southern China. It is believed to have been introduced into south India from where it was taken to the western world by Vasco da Gama in 1498. However, it did not spread in India and ~e present cultivated varieties were introduced from abroad. It is extensively cultivated in the U.S.A., Spain, Brazil, China, Japan, Palestine, Italy, South Africa, Egypt and Mexico. In India, the loose-skinned orange grows widely in Nagpur and Pune in Maharashtra state, Assam and Coorg.
The orange is a rich source of protective food ingredients like vitamins A, B, C and calcium and its health-promot in properties emanate from this fact. It is superior to almost and other fruit as a source of calcium. The orange also contains sodium, potassium, magnesium, copper, sulphur and chlorine.
Its vitamin C content helps the body tissues to use the calcium contained in the food.
Natural Benefits and Curative Properties of Orange
The orange is a predigested food as the starch of the orange is converted into readily assimilate sugar by the rays of the sun. It is thus readily absorbed in the blood. It produces heat and energy in the body immediately after its use.The regular use of orange prevents frequent attacks of common cold, influenza and bleeding tendencies. It keeps one healthy and strong and contribute towards longevity. Orange juice, among all the fruit juices, is more suitable for all ages and can be given with advantage in all kinds of diseases.
The orange is used in a variety of ways. It is usually taken as a dessert fruit. Large quantities of the fruit are used for making orange juice, which is canned. It is also made intO' squashes. Oranges are also used for marmalades and jams. Essential oil from the rind of the fruit is valued in perfumery
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