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Oranges - Satsumas - biggies

Oranges - Satsumas - biggies

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The fruit of the satsuma is sweet and usually seedless, about the size of other mandarin oranges, smaller than an orange. One of the distinguishing features of the satsuma is the distinctive thin, leathery skin dotted with large and prominent oil glands, which is lightly attached around the fruit, enabling it to be peeled very easily in comparison to other citrus fruits. The satsuma also has particularly delicate flesh, which cannot withstand the effects of careless handling.

Oranges are thought to have their origin in a sour fruit growing wild in the region of South West China and North East India as early as 2,500 BC. For thousands of years these bitter oranges were used mainly for their scent, rather than their eating qualities. The Romans brought the fruit to Europe and later oranges were spread to Spain by the Moorish conquests in the eighth and ninth centuries.

Nutrition:

Healthwise, oranges are an excellent source of vitamin C, but when the flesh or juice is exposed to air the vitamin content depletes fairly rapidly. Folate and hesperidin (a flavonoid with antioxidant properties) are also present.

Storage:

Keep in a fruit bowl for about 1-2 weeks. They will keep longer in a fridge, but may lose their sweetness.

Source:

We source oranges from South-West markets, and we ensure they arrive to the UK via land freight.

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