Oranges are one of the oldest fruits on earth with records mentioning them as early as 4,000 years ago. For most Americans, oranges are the primary source of vitamin C. A single fruit provides up to 130% of the daily recommended intake. Most of the consumption of oranges are in the form of juice consumption, which is not only convenient but refreshing as well. There are several orange varieties, but the United States primarily produces the sweet orange variety.
- Kingdom: Plantae
- Order: Sapindales
- Family: Rutaceae
- Genus: Citrus
- Species: C. sinensis
- Binomial name: Citrus sinensis
- The first fruit to be ever branded with a trademark was an orange. The brand? “Sunkist”
- The orange is the official state fruit of Florida.
- Florida produces 70% of the oranges in the United States, 90% of that production goes to create juice.
- Forty percent of the total US orange crop goes into making frozen orange concentrate.
- Oranges were the top citrus product for Texas before the Ruby Red grapefruit mutation was discovered.