CHARACTERISTICS The orange tree is a fundamental species of the citrus genus because of the number of its varieties, the importance of its production and the exceptional fragrance of its flowers. It is a variety native to China and south-east Asia, and in some ancient Roman texts it was grown in Sicily where it was called melarancia. It is a thorny tree with a harmonious, fast-growing habit and dark green leaves that are slightly smaller than those of lemons and considerably larger than those of mandarins. The flowers are white and sweetly scented and the fruit is round and both the skin and juicy pulp are a typical orange colour.
USES The fruit of the orange tree is commonly eaten as a fruit or as a juice. On Sicilian tables the orange can be found in salads, with oil, salt and pepper, often with the addition of onions and olives. The peel is often used to add flavour to dessert creams by grating it and it can also be candied. As well as being juicy and very tasty, oranges are rich in nutritional and beneficial properties. They are rich in vitamin C, a source of fibre, minerals, organic acids and contain few calories.
Blooming and fruit ripening
FRUIT RIPENING Winter
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