History of Dried Orange
The orange, also called the sweet orange, is the fruit hybrid of a pomelo and a mandarin. It originated in a region comprising Southern China, Northeast India and Myanmar, and the earliest mention of the sweet orange was in Chinese literature in 314 BC. They were first introduced into Europe by the Moors in Spain in the 10th century. As of 1987, orange trees were found to be the most cultivated fruit tree in the world. As of 2012, sweet oranges accounted for approximately 70% of citrus production. In 2017, seventy-three million tonnes of oranges were grown worldwide with Brazil producing 24% of the world total, followed by China and India.
There are over six hundred varieties of orange, and the tree is highly resistant to disease – more oranges are killed by lightning than by plant diseases. The orange was named before the colour, and the first recorded use of ‘orange’ as a colour name in English was in 1512.
Dried oranges are dehydrated by removing water from them which can sometimes remove some of the nutrients in the original fruit, though their sweetness and fibre content remains high. Temperatures are kept between 50˚C and 60˚C as this is the optimum temperature range for drying and retaining nutritional content. Dried fruit has a long tradition of use dating back to the 4000 BC and is prized because of its sweet taste, nutritive value, and long shelf-life.
Oranges contain lots of nutrients and carries plenty of health benefits:
- Oranges are rich in Vitamin C which helps to boost our immune systems and prevent colds and infections. In the Age of Discovery, sailors planted citrus trees along trade routes to prevent scurvy.
- One orange provides roughly 92% of the recommended daily amount of Vitamin C.
- Oranges are full of fibre which contributes to reduced high cholesterol levels, controlling blood sugar levels, and deterring cancer-causing chemicals from the colon. One orange provides approximately 12% of the recommended daily amount of dietary fibre.
- Orange juice is often used to cure heartburn.
- Antioxidants in oranges help protect skin damage known to cause signs of aging.
- Oranges are rich in Vitamins B6 which helps control blood pressure.
- Vitamin A in oranges helps maintain good eye health.
- Orange peel also contains good amounts of provitamin A, folate, riboflavin, thiamine, vitamin B6, and calcium.
- Dried orange has a high fibre content and enhanced sweetness.
- Minerals including manganese, copper and potassium are found in dried fruit.
Orange Nutrition Value
|Energy kJ||1422 kJ/100g|
|Energy kcal||340 kcal/100g|
|Of which saturated fatty acids||0,0g/100g|
|Of which sugars||81,0g/100g|
General Information about Dried Orange
Oranges can be eaten fresh or processed for its juice or fragrant peel. Oranges are often used in salads or marinade, as flavourings, in a variety of desserts or to make marmalade or syrup. Dried oranges are often eaten as sweet snacks, to make orange tea, or to grind into powder and use to flavour soups, stews and baked goods.
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