Oranges, also known as “apples of the sun”, are thought to have originated in Southeast Asia – the Arabs introduced oranges into Europe in the 16th century. The fruit got noticed for its potent aroma and by the 17th century they were cultivated avidly in greenhouses and served raw with meat dishes (before that, the oranges were boiled and stewed).
Oranges have a long history of healing. Back in the 12th century orange peel was brewed as a tonic tea for the digestion. Today, oranges are beneficial in healing all disorders of the respiratory system, as well as preventing and alleviating asthma and viral infections.
American researches have discovered that oranges, grapefruits, and tangerines are excellent preventative and curative foods against heart disease and cancer. The vitamin C and bioflavonoids from oranges prevent clumping of red blood cells, which can cause heart attacks. The antioxidants in citrus fruits promote better circulation and distribution of oxygen to the tissues and cells of the body, as well as prevent free radical damage.