Oranges, Great Italian Fruit

Oranges, portogalli, partualli, Sitron. These are not different types of oranges, but names in dialect with which the Sicilian, the Ligurian, the Emilian identified oranges over time. Their extraordinary properties (rich in vitamin C and ascorbic acid) and  unique taste come together in a typically Mediterranean produce, although its origin is Chinese.

Known in the Peninsula since the Romans, the cultivation of Italian oranges and the diverse types, initially occurred on the Sicilian island, with an import by land, and later in the rest of the country, thanks to the Portuguese merchants. Oranges have always been renowned for their qualities, found in paintings to represent wealth depicting everyday scenes or in Eden the frescoes of the Last Supper (Ghirlandaio in Florence, for example). The Medici, powerful Tuscan Renaissance family, probably chose them to symbolize the trade with the East, and their economic status for a particular similarity: the orange was called “mala medica” (apple that comes from Media).

Italy it is the fifth main producer in the world, with 2.5 million tons per year and several PGI awards, the Sicilian are the leading type. There are very low in calories i.e. 35-40 kcal every 100 g.

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italian oranges

Italian oranges: cultivation and types Italian oranges alone represent 3% of the world production and with a progressive ripening calendar, making them available between November to May. Among the most common types of oranges and products we can find tarocco oranges (or pigmented), navel...

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