Orange is very productive, ornamental; fruit medium in size; rind thin, medium orange color; mandarin aroma, with some sour and sweet orange flavour.
All stages of fruit from newly set dark green to mature orange along with white flowers are on the tree at the same time. So it gives a lot of oranges and fragrant orange blossoms throught the year . Mature fruit is round, medium to dark orange in color, fairly small-about the size of a lime and fairly juicy.
Orange is a rich source of vitamin C which reduces inflammation and boosts the immunity. It also contains dietary fibers that improve digestion, aid in weight loss and lower cholesterol levels. Potassium and calcium present in oranges lowers high blood pressure and prevents cardiovascular diseases. The citric acid present in oranges prevents the formation of kidney stones. It also contains flavonoids like hesperidin, which has antioxidant properties.
Bush orange or Chinese orange as it sometimes called is a small bushy shrub like tree.
which produces plenty of small lime sized sour highly flavored oranges with very thin peel. Which can be squeezed, sweetened and diluted to make orangeade or orange juice. Some people even enjoy drinking its juice with salt and pigeon eye chilies (kandhari mulake in Malayalam). These ultra-sour oranges can also be used to make orange tea like lime tea.
A healthy 4 year old plant in full sunlight produces around 2½ to 3 kilos of fruit every fortnight. The branches are so heavy with fruit that they often brush the ground.
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