History and Facts:
Oranges are divided into two groups-sweet and sour. The sweet orange, most commonly grown and eaten in the United States, is believed to have originated in southern China. The other type, the bitter (sour, Seville, or Bigrade) orange, originated in India. Both kinds of oranges were brought to America by the Spanish and Portuguese in the 1500's.
Oranges are an excellent source of vitamin C, with one orange providing more than the recommended daily allowance. One medium orange has 50 calories and is a good source of dietary fiber.
Oranges should be kept at 32 to 34 degrees fahrenheit, with a relative humidity of 85 to 90 percent. Typical shelf life is from 56 to 84 days.
October through July