• Orange or Portugal

May 03, 2016

No matter where you go, orange is one of the most common fruit that exists.If some countries have the luck that can produce their own, and you just have to reach your arm to get one, others due to the clime or other conditions have to import from countries that produce that versatile fruit that you can eat, drink, use in food, deserts, etc. But do you know where the orange comes from? Who produces more and where to use it?


Orange is a hybrid fruit that came from the cross of Pomelo and tangerine.

In Europe, citrus fruits—among them the bitter orange were introduced to Italy by the crusaders in the 11th century—were grown widely in the south for medicinal purposes,but the sweet orange was unknown until the late 15th century or the beginnings of the 16th century, when  Portuguese merchants brought orange trees into the Mediterranean from China.

That’s why orange is called Portugal or Portuguese in many countries, in greek is Portokali, Portakal in Turkish and Romanian Portocala.

The orange started in India with the name nareng. From there spread all over Asia with the name narang, named after a city from Paquistan. From Asia arrive to Europe because of Portuguese.

Brasil is the biggest producer in the world.It was brought by Europeans around 1493 with Colombo. In Europe is also a big business specially in Spain, Italy, Romania and Algarve region in Portugal.

In Portugal the production of orange cover around 20000 hectare and the main varieties are Baía, Newhall,Dalmau, Lane Late and Valência.

Orange gives fruit a little bit all over the year but being bigger and better  between Autumn and Spring.

The orange is low in calories, contains no saturated fats or cholesterol but its rich in dietary fiber, pectin and of course like any other citrus in vitamin C.


With so many orange talk i bet now you want to have our selection of jams including the orange one.

It’s perfect with Gouda,monterey jack, semi aged Pecorino but also with ice cream or toasts. Want to know a secret? try it with chicken salad and get surprised;

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