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By The Telegraph Online
  • Published 13.01.13
Derek O'Brien

The orange, a favourite winter fruit in India, is a hybrid of tangerine and pomelo, and was first cultivated in Southeast Asia. The fruit wasn’t orange originally, but green. In fact, Vietnamese oranges and Thai tangerines are still bright green on the outside and orange inside. An interesting fact about the orange is that if unpicked, it can stay on the tree until the next season, during which time fluctuations in temperature can make it turn from green to orange and back to green again without the quality or flavour being affected. One orange supplies 116.2 per cent of the daily value for Vitamin C and being rich in Vitamin B6, helps support the production of haemoglobin and also helps keep blood pressure under check due to the presence of magnesium. Fibre in oranges help keep blood sugar levels under control thereby making oranges a healthy snack for people with diabetes. Incidentally, today is the winter harvest festival of Lohri. Greetings to all!


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