Sweet orange …

I've been eating oranges lately. It's not like I have a craving for it. We have a lot of it in the kitchen. It's a no-fuss kind of fruit—easy to peel, and easier to eat. And it smells deliciously fragrant. I like orange, I love marmalade, and I love orange-infused flavor in my tea, but no, it's not really my favorite fruit. My favorite fruits are mango, grape, persimmon, and cherry (not necessarily in that order). But orange is ok.

According to Julia F. Morton, "The orange is unknown in the wild state; is assumed to have originated in southern China, northeastern India, and perhaps southeastern Asia (formerly Indochina). It was carried to the Mediterranean area possibly by Italian traders after 1450 or by Portuguese navigators around 1500. Up to that era, citrus fruits were valued by Europeans mainly for medicinal purposes, but the orange was quickly adopted as a luscious fruit and wealthy persons grew it in private conservatories, called orangeries. By 1646 it had been much publicized and was well known."

The orange has become the most commonly grown fruit tree in the world. Many health benefits are attributed to the orange: lowers cholesterol, helps prevent cancer, prevents kidney diseases, reduces risks of liver cancer, boosts heart health, lowers risks of chronic diseases, fights viral infections, helps create good vision, regulates high blood pressure, protects skin, alkalizes the body, and provides smart carbohydrates. In other words, it's a smart fruit.

So, there's really nothing not to like about oranges, right?

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