Exchanging oranges is a gesture of wishing prosperity upon others during Chinese New Year. As such, here are some golden nuggets of facts we would like to share with you. There are also some juicing recipes at the end of this article (especially for those who are building up quite an orange collection this Chinese New Year).
1. Origins To The Name
In the English language, the colour "orange" was named after the fruit. The Sanskrit word for "orange tree" is नारङ्ग (nāraṅga). The name made it's way through Persian (نارنگ nārang), Arabic (نارنج nāranj), and eventually Old French (pomme d'orange). Now that's a well travelled fruit! Imagine if we followed the same naming conventions for every colour; what a riot that would be.
2. Oranges, Tangerines, Clementines, and Mandarins
There are over 600 different types of oranges alone (this probably deserves a whole article on it's own)! However, do you know your oranges from mandarins and clementines from tangerines? Most of us probably make do by just calling them all oranges. Here's a simple breakdown of where they all fit:
The orange (round, thick skin, tart) sits at the top while mandarins (flatter shape, sweet, loose skin) derive from oranges. Under mandarins, we have tangerines (slightly tougher skin than mandarins and more tart), clementines (smallest type of mandarins and are very sweet), and satsumas (easiest to peel, juicy, sweet, and seedless).
3. Health Benefits
It goes without saying that any orange related list is incomplete without any mention of vitamin C. One orange contains almost 80% of the daily suggested goal for vitamin C. While scurvy is not as common as it used to be, vitamin C also has additional benefits for the rest of us land dwellers in that it helps produce serotonin which in turn regulates mood, sleep, and other cognitive functions.
Here are some juicing recipes for you to try out:
- Orange 200g
- Apple 170g
- Peel the orange and slice into appropriate sizes.
- Remove the seeds from the apple, and slice into appropriate sizes.
- Put lever on “close” and juice the ingredients.
- When two-thirds of your ingredients have been inserted, switch lever to “half-open” to expel some of the pulp.
- Orange 250g
- Kale 30g
- Spinach 30g
- Pineapple 100g
Peel orange, and remove pineapple peel and core. Slice into appropriate sizes. Wash spinach thoroughly and cut.
Put lever on “close” and extract orange.
Insert kale and spinach, and switch lever to “half-open”. Then insert pineapple.
- Orange 200g
- Carrot 100g
- Apple 140g
Peel orange, and slice into appropriate sizes.
Wash carrots thoroughly, remove the seeds from the apple, and slice.
Put lever on “close.” Alternate the insertion of orange, carrot, and apple.
Once two-thirds of the ingredients have been extracted, switch lever to “half-open” position. Allow pulp to be expelled from drum.
Continue extracting the rest of the ingredients.
Need some ideas for juice recipes? Check out our Hurom recipes here: https://huromsingapore.com/pages/juice-recipes-health