• The sweet
Let us not forget that all diets indicate sweet preserves as ideal for the sweet part of a healthy diet as they contain natural fibers and sugars and no fats. Orange will win you over with its solid, velvety texture accompanied by the authentic taste of the fruit. The aftertaste is characterized by richness and long duration, with a subtle bitterness – the result of the unique recipe.
• The fruit
The Orange Tree has an Indian and Chinese origin, while its scientific name is Citrus Sinensis. It is known from antiquity and arrived in the Mediterranean basin around 1490, brought by Portuguese seamen. In Greece the tree met a welcoming climate so as to be cultivated intensely and without particular trouble, as it cannot withstand very low temperatures and grows in tropical, subtropical and mild climate areas – areas without a harsh winter. It is a small tree that rarely exceeds 8 meters. Its Spring blossoms are white, with such a characteristically attractive smell that the most objective of judges, bees, choose it to create the famous orange blossom honey, unique in terms of flavor and aromas. The orange fruit is spherical or ovoid, its peel thick or thin according to the variety and its flesh has the characteristic orange color. The external surface of the peel is relatively uneven and bears small bumps and depressions. The flesh is split in sections known as slices. In each slice there are many separate compartments filled with juice. Oranges are sweet or sweet and sour and are more or less aromatic according to the variety and quality. A slightly bitter taste observed in some occasions is a result of essential oils having permeated the flesh of the fruit. Oranges contain approx. 170 substances with unique antioxidant properties that protect from the creation of free radicals – molecules with harmful effects on cells. This amazing fruit also offers a remarkable anti-inflammatory and anticancer action and, being a citrus fruit, is an important source of beneficial substances such as vitamin C, Beta carotene, natural fiber and folic acid. Its sodium content is low, and so is its effect on the glycemic index.