California’s Orange Empire


California’s citrus heritage has deep roots in what is now bustling downtown Los Angeles.

In the 1840s, it was the site of the state’s first commercial citrus farm, planted by a frontiersman named William Wolfskill, considered to be the “granddaddy” of California’s citrus business.

When the Gold Rush of 1849 hit, there was a huge demand for oranges in the gold country because it was well established that fresh citrus was useful in combating scurvy.

Demand for California citrus grew, along with the state’s citrus acreage, as citrus quickly became the economic base for the Golden State. The citrus boom spurred California’s “second” Gold Rush—only the new gold was orange.

California Citrus History Highlights

1769 While building the California missions, Father Junipero Serra also plants the first citrus seeds.
1840 Frontiersman William Wolfskill plants lemon and orange seedlings in what is now downtown Los Angeles. California’s citrus business is born!
Sunkist1870s Riverside couple Eliza and Luther Tibbets receive navel orange cuttings from Brazil. The trees thrive and word quickly spreads about the sweet, seedless fruit.
1877 The completion of the transcontinental railroad helps satisfy a national demand for navels and other California-grown citrus.
1893 Needing an effective way to market their citrus, farmers form the Southern California Fruit Exchange—a cooperative now known as Sunkist Growers.
1906 Farmers lobby for a research facility to help them grow a better crop. The Citrus Experiment Station becomes the foundation of the University of California, Riverside.
Today California’s more than $1 billion annual citrus business ranks second in the U.S., producing a significant share of the nation’s navels, valencias, lemons, grapefruit and tangerines.
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10 Health Benefits of Oranges

Oranges are one of the most nutritious fruits out there. Besides the immense amount of health benefits that they contain, oranges are also extremely delicious. Check out the many amazing health benefits of oranges.

  1. Oranges Prevent Cancers: According to scientists, the regular consumption of lots of oranges can help fight against cancers such as lung cancer, mouth cancer, breast cancer and skin cancer. Oranges have a certain compound in them called D-limonene, which is also found in other citrus fruits.
  2.  Oranges Help to Lower Blood Pressure: California Oranges play a crucial role in lowering a person’s blood pressure. Oranges have the compound hesperidin which studies have shown plays an important role when it combines with magnesium to lower high blood pressure in a person.
  3. Oranges Lower Bad Cholesterol Levels: Orange is also known to help in lowering bad cholesterol levels in humans. The same hesperidin compound in oranges that reduces high blood pressure level is the same property that helps in lowering bad cholesterol levels in the body.
  4. Oranges Alleviate Arthritis: Known to help give relief to arthritis pain and inflammation, oranges have anti-inflammatory properties. Experts say you can be free from inflammatory disorders if you enjoy a glass of freshly-squeezed orange juice daily.OrangeBlossom
  5. Men Can Benefit From Oranges: Orange is also good for men because it helps keep their sperm healthy. According to studies, there is a compound in orange called folate. Folate is said to contain nutrients good for the health of a sperm.
  6. Oranges Can Significantly Boost the Immune System: California Oranges contain very high levels of vitamin C, which are immune system strengtheners. Great for combating seasonal colds and flues.
  7. Do You Have a Problem with Constipation? If you answered YES then you should develop the habit of eating lots of oranges every day. Oranges are known to help give relieve to people suffering from constipation. The reason orange does this is because of the high fiber in it, which helps make the digestive system function very well.
  8. Oranges Are Good for Teeth & Bones: Oranges are rich in calcium and this high level of calcium helps to keep the bones and teeth strong.
  9. Oranges Help Keep Our Skins Healthy & Beautiful: Why do oranges do this? Because they are very rich in antioxidants which are known to protect the skin from free radicals that cause damage to the skin. Eat more oranges if you want to have a beautiful and healthy skin!
  10. Oranges Provide Immune Support: The last but not the least health benefit we derive from daily eating of oranges is the immense support that they give to our cardiovascular system. Experts say that the folate and herperidin found in oranges work in conjunction with the fibers to keep the cardiovascular system healthy.

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Orange Fun Facts

  • Orange is actually a type of berry! Hesperidia, to be exact.
  • Much like a lemon tree, orange trees are considered to be in the evergreen family.
  • Christopher Columbus brought the first orange seeds and seedlings to the New World on his second voyage in 1493.
  • California Oranges have such a prominent history that you can actually visit the California Citrus State Historic Park in Riverside.Oranges
  • Navel oranges are named that because of the belly-button formation opposite the stem end. The bigger the navel in an orange, the sweeter it will be.
  • An orange tree can grow to be 30 feet and live for 100 years.
  • After chocolate and vanilla, orange is the world’s favorite flavor!
  • The peel of an orange is also edible and contains additional vitamins.
  • No English word rhymes with orange.
  • If you put oranges in a hot oven before peeling them, no white fibers will be left on them.
  • Oranges can be stored at room temperatures for 2-3 days comfortably. If refrigerated, they can be stored for up to 14 days.

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