Oranges: the legend

No other fruit can stand in its way


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It should be illegal to show a picture of the nude orange it is so gravitating

Sandy Hutchins, Sports Editor

The orange is a common fruit shrouded in mystery. A citrus that is commonly referred to as simply an orange has a true name, unknown to many. This is an important mystery to solve as Florida is an essential grower of oranges. The orange we consume in the form of juice or as a healthy snack is actually known as the “Sweet Orange” in contrast to its bitter relative the “Bitter Orange.” The orange is actually a mutt of the fruit world; it is not a purebred but rather it is a mix between the pomelo and the mandarin.

The history of the orange is a long and twisted road that started in the Himalayas and ends around the globe. The orange derives from species that existed in the southeast Himalayas near China and first became cultivated by humans around the year 2500 B.C. Here the beauty and delectable taste of the sweet orange would be hidden until the 10th century when the heroic Moors introduced it to Spain. In Spain they smartly reworked their entire ecosystem and irrigation system in order to cultivate this wonderful fruit. By 1646, the rich were building orangeries (special private orange gardens) and even King of France Louis XIV built the largest orangery in the Palace of Versailles. Thankfully, the Spanish were generous enough to bring this jewel to the Americas and to Florida. From there the story wrote itself.

There are many things that make the orange such a fantastical fruit with so many fanatical followers. For one, its name is a color. This fruit has the sole privilege to say that it is its own color, a grape is green or purple, an apple red or green, and a banana yellow; only the orange orange can say it is an orange orange. The orange is also the most cultivated fruit tree in the world and can be found worldwide. No fruit can match the orange for the title: The Best Fruit.