Treat yourself with oranges

Treat yourself with oranges


A little history of oranges

A very rapid flight through the skies of history to follow the long journey of the orange which, starting from India and China, its homelands, has rolled over the centuries to our tables.

It was the Arabs who acted as a bridge between the East and the West, introducing the orange in Sicily around the 9th century.

In the Renaissance it was already widespread, especially for ornamental purposes, as it was still a bitter fruit, not very inviting for the palate.

We have to wait until the 16th century to taste sweet and juicy oranges in our country introduced by the Portuguese towards the end of the 18th century and for a real large-scale cultivation to begin.

What do oranges contain and why they are good for you

There are many beneficial substances contained in orange. An opportunity to be grasped throughout the winter: eating health in wedges while keeping light at the same time. In fact, an average orange is only 55 calories, 80-90% of water, pectin (it is an indigestible carbohydrate present mainly in the peel) e flavonoids (vegetable pigments to which the red and yellow shades of the pulp are due) which, together with vitamin C, regenerate collagen (skin support tissue) delaying the formation of wrinkles. A true natural beauty treatment!

In addition, orange is the richest fruit of football is selenium, the latter very precious, to protect cell membranes from acid radicals. And then we have: organic acids such as citric acid, malic acid and tartaric acid, which help neutralize various toxic substances in the body such as acetone for children. And finally we have the C vitamin of which orange is one of the richest fruits, ideal for potential immune defenses against viruses and bacteria and to protect the inner membrane of arteries and capillaries. It also contains B vitamins is vitamin A.

There you have it: sliced ​​or squeezed oranges keep us healthy and at any time of the day why citric acid, responsible for the sour or rather sour taste of oranges (term from which the word "citrus" derives) helps digestion.

We still have football, phosphorus is iron (whose absorption is favored by vitamin C) present in oranges. Consumption is recommended during adolescence, pregnancy, menopause (to prevent osteoporosis), old age or in case of anemia.

Are you a smoker? Go immediately to the greengrocer to stock up on oranges because vitamin C limits the damage caused by nicotine (although it is always preferable not to smoke).

Are you sports? If you want to have excellent performance, consume oranges in quantity. In fact, vitamin C always collaborates in the formation of the amino acid carnitine which helps to transport the necessary energy to the various parts of the body.

In folk medicine it is recommended for constipation, moodiness and migraines.

How oranges are used

Infused orange blossoms or boiled (organic) orange peel are great sedative is antispasmodic indicated when it is difficult to digest, in cases of insomnia and for migraines.

The leaves of the orange have similar properties to the flowers only more accentuated. Tanvolta are also used to limit training and the stagnation of gastrointestinal gas, favoring its expulsion either from the stomach or intestine; they are also used to promote sweating or to help get the temperature.

The rind also has the same properties as the leaves and flowers.

Oranges eaten in wedges at different times of the day are a cure-all for all ages.

Oranges are not contraindicated for those suffering from gastritis or gastric ulcer as long as they are eaten during meals together with other foods.

The essential oil of the rind, of the leaves (petit grain) or flowers (neroli) are a lot used in perfumery as well as skin purifiers and sedatives for massages.

Distilled orange blossom water is used more frequently for many lotions for delicate skin and for eyelids or in gel to make masks for sensitive skin or to make cleansing milk or moisturizing creams.

If you want to keep the moths from your closet put between your clothes some tulle bags with orange peels, these in fact contain terpenes, aromatic substances not at all appreciated by moths.

How many types of oranges do we have in Italy?

Botanically oranges belong:

Family: Rutaceae
Kind: Citrus
Species: Citrus auratium variety sinensis (sweet orange) e Citrus auratium variety sanguinea(pigmented orange)

Sweet orange is the most cultivated citrus in the world and we in Italy can admire the orange groves above all in eastern and western Sicily but also in Calabria, Puglia, Campania, Lazio, Basilicata and Sardinia. In these regions we find many types of oranges which are divided into:

  • pigmented varieties: moro, tarocco, sanguinello, sanguigno;
  • blonde varieties: common blond, belladonna, valencia late, navelina, navel, nanjing, washington navel, oval.

and the periods in which we can find them in stores (sure to eat Italian oranges) are:

Heal yourself ... with common sense

  1. the human body is a perfect system which, if in balance, is able to fight any external pathogen.
  1. The immune system is a delicate balance that must be strengthened and preserved. Each therapy must have this single goal.
  2. The symptom is the body's response to the disease and is almost never eradicated (for example, fever).
  3. The main tool for protecting or threatening the immune system is nutrition and its home is the intestine. The more toxins we throw into our bodies, the more the immune system will be weakened.
  4. It is necessary to allow the immune system the time necessary to react and respond to the disease. If we do, it will strengthen, otherwise it will weaken.
  5. We have to trust our body and respect it.
  6. Synthetic medicines are the last resort.
  7. You have to go to the pharmacy and to the doctors. But only when there are no alternatives and it is really, irremediably, bad.
  1. I am against the health business on principle. So any advice you will find will take into consideration the value for money (very expensive remedies even if they are very effective will not be considered) and economy.
  2. I will remove any comment that has as its intent the controversy as an end in itself

More and more I see around and hear friends who suffer from constipation and take herbal teas or stimulating tablets .. nothing more wrong in my opinion. Because the intestine, used to being stimulated in this way, loses even more the ability to regulate itself. We always start from the assumption that our body is a perfect system ... which must be preserved.

So, as a person who has always suffered from irritable and hypersensitive bowel which has always resulted in irregularities in the intestinal transit, swelling, constipation, etc. etc., for a year now I have found a simple, healthy and very effective remedy that has solved all my problems.

Every morning for breakfast (I don't know about you but I am always very hungry for breakfast) together with some biscuits or toast or whatever I like, I drink a large smoothie of fresh fruit (sometimes also vegetables) in season, obviously, lengthened with water and soy milk. This has brought me numerous advantages:

- extraordinary improvement in my intestinal regularity thanks to the intake of fiber

- intake of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, more beautiful skin

- intake of a quantity of fruit and raw vegetables that I would hardly be able to take during the day

- increase in the sense of satiety during the morning and reduction of carbohydrates taken at breakfast

so blend, blend as if there was no tomorrow!

Organic, yes or no?

I'll clarify immediately: for me it is definitely and without a doubt organic yes.

- For the land. As I believe in balance in the body, I believe in the balance of the earth, as I respect my body, I respect the earth, as I believe that in the body there is everything that is needed to preserve it, so I believe that there is in the earth.

- For health: I believe that ingesting less pesticides can only do better

- For the quality: try to eat an organic apple (not from the supermarket, but from the farmer) and an apple from one of the classic supermarket brands and you will immediately notice the difference. The first has a real, complex flavor. The second tastes like water and sugar, when it's okay.

- For GMOs: I eat a lot of soy and organic certification is the only one that guarantees me that it is not GMO.

Of course, certifications are often a hoax ... like so many other things.

Of course, sometimes organic is a business and a scam: what is organic in a pear that comes from Argentina?

Here, too, the rule of common sense applies: for me, organic is not that of the supermarket, but that of the farmer close to home.


The citrus aurantium, that is theorange, is a fruit tree that belongs to the genus Citrus (family Rutaceae) and its fruit is called Orange. It can be up to 10 meters tall and is characterized by elongated, rather full-bodied leaves and beautiful white flowers. Its shoots are always green, and its fruits consist of rather large berries, also called hesperides. To find the origin of the name, it is necessary to go back to Greek mythology which speaks of the orange and tells of how these trees grew in the garden of the Hesperides, three beautiful girls, daughters of Atlas and of the Night. The origin of the tree can be traced back to China and Japan, but it is also very easy to find it in Spain, Greece and Italy, where it was first imported by the Arabs and later by Genoese merchants. It is believed that it was widespread in Italy in the 14th century, in particular in Sicily, where since then the orange groves have represented the characteristic landscape of the countryside and where many varieties are grown.

The oranges
The term "citrus" with which oranges are classified refers to its sour or sour taste, which also applies to lemons, grapefruits, clementines and cedar. They are the fruit that characterizes winter: in fact, its ripening takes place from November until spring and can even be harvested until June - July and the fruits that can be harvested in a year are about 500.
It shows up with a rather rough outer rind called pericarp, which initially has a green color but, as it ripens, the color varies from yellow to orange, up to red. The inner part is called instead endocarp, it is naturally edible, pulpy and divided into more or less juicy wedges, depending on the variety: in fact, in the markets, the so-called "table" oranges are generally separated from those purchased solely for pressing. But also the peel of this citrus fruit is exploited: in fact, an essential oil is obtained from it and it is often treated to make "candied fruit", excellent for the preparation of some characteristic sweets. On the market also the denomination "Sicilian blood orange”Which mainly indicates the variety of red-fleshed oranges (moro, tarocco and sanguinello) that comply with the provisions of the relative specification" Red Orange of Sicily PGI "(Protected Geographical Indication). In fact, the red-fleshed orange is also grown in other regions, especially in Calabria, where production exceeds that of Sicily by 1.7 times.

The bitter orange
This quality of orange, which differs from the classic one thanks to its "bitter" taste, is widely used in the food and pharmaceutical industries. The whole fruit is generally used to prepare jams and candied fruit, while the peel is used to make liqueurs. The pharmaceutical industry mainly uses the peel for the preparation of various digestives and tonics. The bitter orange peel, due to its high content of synephrine, a substance with activity similar to adrenaline, is also used in the food supplement industry, in the production of so-called "thermogenics", used for weight loss. By virtue of the countless beneficial properties of oranges, combined with their high digestibility and their modest caloric intake, the consumption of this citrus fruit should be indicated with a view to a healthy and proper diet. The ideal would be to start the day with an excellent orange juice to fill up on vitamins and useful energy to face the day, but it is also indicated by nutritionists as a perfect snack to alternate with low-calorie meals.

How to consume oranges

Oranges, as we know, have multiple uses in the kitchen: they can, in fact, use completely, from the rind, very aromatic as it is rich in perfumed oils, to the juice, more or less sweet and colored, to the soft pulp. "In addition to being consumed as such, orange is well suited for use in the preparation of jams, sauces, sweet or savory foods and goes well with white and red meats and even fish. "

Recipes that are now true classics are those ofduck in orange sauce and baked anchovies with parsley and orange juice. The varieties of Orange salad, while the candied orange peel they are a real Christmas must, especially in the version of the Sicilian tradition.

To choose a good orange, Dr. Evangelisti suggests buying firm fruits with a uniform color, with shiny skin and well adherent to the pulp and green petiole. "Of course, a good orange must be in season, and fruits with wrinkled skin are to be avoided." Once purchased, they can be stored at room temperature for about a week or for two weeks in the refrigerator.

What contraindications?

In general, the consumption of oranges does not present particular contraindications, except in cases of allergy and, of course, in those suffering from stomach acid or reflux. "This is because the citric acid present can trigger or aggravate the symptoms." Furthermore, if consumed excessively, oranges can then have a laxative effect, due to the content in pectin.

So, did you know all the properties of oranges?

5 good reasons to treat yourself with herbs

We have tried to identify 5 good reasons for you to treat yourself with herbs, in fact, if used conscientiously, herbs and herbal remedies can stem those small ailments that afflict us during everyday life. Man has always placed great trust and respect in nature and extracts both nutrition and care from it. Over the millennia, all those herbal remedies that could have an efficacy in. Have been selected and described to heal or in to prevent some diseases.

Many of the latter, especially those of psychosomatic origin, can be effectively treated by resorting only to extracts of herbs and medicinal plants and supplements, recognized by the Ministry of Health. Irritable bowel, constipation, dermatitis, headache, gastritis etc. the cause of which is not an external pathogen (viruses, microbes, bacteria), but depends on our psyche, they are often treated through the use of symptomatic drugs, able to soothe at the moment, but not definitively cure, this type of disorders . Therefore the long time of taking these synthetic remedies can cause phenomena of intoxication or sensitization to them active principles.

5 reasons to treat yourself with herbs: they treat gently

From a curative point of view, when you take a plant you do not benefit from the effect of a single active ingredient, as in the case of traditional medicines, but you do use thesynergistic action of a set of active ingredients, contained in the phytocomplex of the drug (part of the plant used). This results in the drastic decrease or total absence of side effects or unwanted effects (those reported on the package leaflets of the medicines).

In the long term, in fact, especially for the aforementioned psychosomatic diseases, taking medicines consisting of a single active ingredient enhanced in the laboratory causes accumulation, sensitization and intoxication of the excretory organs, such as the liver, kidneys and skin. Plants, on the other hand, act by synergy with their own phytocomplex, i.e. the active ingredients contained therein, they work together to produce a result that cannot be obtained individually, modulating each other, without causing side effects.

Furthermore, as regards theassimilation especially in the case of vitamins and mineral salts, when they are of vegetable origin, they are absorbed much better by our body than those created and formulated in the laboratory. For example the iron which comes from spirulina, is immediately recognized and assimilated by our body, because after being processed for itself by the seaweed, it returns it to us in an immediately available form.

5 reasons to treat yourself with herbs: they preserve our cultural heritage

From a cultural point of view, when we talk about phytotherapy we don't just mean alternative or unconventional medicine, but real therapeutic method able to cure specific diseases, developed over millennia of herbal medicine practice. By choosing to treat yourself with herbs, you support ours Traditional Mediterranean Medicine which, like all ethnomedicines, is part of the cultural heritage of our territory.

5 reasons to treat yourself with herbs: they protect animals

From an ethical point of view, natural products found in herbal medicine, especially cosmetic ones, are not tested on animals. In this way we avoid unnecessary suffering and cruelty to animals, due to vivisection. Furthermore, a plant cannot be patented, because it is a living being and it is not an invention, unless it is genetically manipulated.

If this were the case, natural products would no longer be the sphere of action of phytotherapy, but of genetic engineering and the pharmaceutical industry, which need to be able to invent plants to be patented, for economic reasons. The herbalist, often using wild plants, even if he finds a very effective recipe, cannot patent it, but remains confined to the secrets of his herbal art and merges with his own personal experience.

5 reasons to treat yourself with herbs: they do not pollute

From an environmental point of view: the numerical increase of those who decide to treat themselves with herbs involves a greater increase in the cultivation of medicinal plants in vast geographical areas to meet the demand, or the maintenance of uncontaminated areas for the so-called spontaneous. In addition, natural cosmetics are free of foaming agents and other pollutants.

5 reasons to treat yourself with herbs: there is a plant for each of us

Finally, from the point of view of the individual, treating oneself with herbs means rediscovering the uniqueness of the individual: the herbalist, when he is actually such, composes a personalized blend with respect to the indications given by the customer.

We are all different, we react to life in different ways and even the ailments we suffer from are managed by our organism in a different and completely subjective way. Going to an herbalist's shop means affirming all this and knowing that for every person there is an appropriate remedy.

Three recipes with oranges

Oranges contain a lot of vitamin C and therefore help to keep the immune defenses of our body healthy when we need it most.and oranges, in fact, are in season from late autumn until the beginning of spring, just in the period when we are most prone to colds and other similar ailments.

The oranges are astringent or laxative? Oranges help preserve bowel regularity and it is better to eat them without being too meticulous in peeling them.

L'albedo, in fact, that is, the white and spongy substance inside, is the richest part of pectin, a fiber that stimulates the intestine.

Oranges are great to eat plain, for a healthy and nutritious snack, or you can use them to prepare tasty recipes.

> Risotto with oranges

> Orange and beetroot salad

> Orange donut

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Risotto with oranges

The risotto with oranges is a simple and fresh first course, which uses both the juice and the zest of these citrus fruits.

Of course, when using zest, oranges must be untreated, to avoid that pesticide residues also end up on our plate.

Untreated oranges can be bought in organic food stores or directly from those zero kilometer retailers who are certified for the production and sale of organic farming products.

Ingredients for 4 people

> 1 liter vegetable broth
> 50 gr orange juice
> 320 gr risotto rice
> 2 oranges (zest)
> salt
> pepper
> 25 g extra virgin olive oil
> 20 g butter
> 1 shallot
> 20 g Parmesan


Prepare the vegetable broth. Squeeze the orange juice, you need about 50 g. Finely chop the shallot and let it dry in extra virgin olive oil. Quickly toast the rice and deglaze with the orange juice.

Cook with the vegetable broth, adding a little at a time. When cooked, grate the zest of two oranges over the risotto and stir in the butter and Parmesan. Finish the dish with a light sprinkling of pepper.

Orange and beetroot salad

Thisorange and beetroot salad is a concentrate of oxidants and prepares in an instant. Ideal for when we are in a hurry but don't want to give up a healthy and nutritious side dish.

Ingredients for 4 people

> 2 oranges
> 2 pre-cooked beets
> 50 gr walnut kernels
> 200 gr mixed salad
> salt
> extra virgin olive oil.


Peel the oranges and cut them into wedges. Cut the beets into slices. Coarsely chop the walnut kernels. Wash the salad. Combine everything in a large bowl and season with salt and oil.

With these proportions and these ingredients, this orange and beetroot salad is a quick side dish, to accompany a second dish.

However, nothing prevents you from adding other ingredients to the salad (for example, a cheese, cereal or both) to enrich it and make it a single dish, to be consumed perhaps during a lunch break.

Orange donut

The orange donut is a delicious but not too elaborate dessert, suitable for breakfast, even for children. It is ready in an instant and is soft and inviting.


> 250 gr flour 00
> 100 gr sugar
> 3 eggs
> 2 oranges
> 75 gr butter
> 1 sachet of vanilla yeast for desserts.


In a bowl, add the sugar to the grated orange peel and the three egg yolks. After having worked the egg yolks and sugar, add the juice of the two oranges, the flour and the melted butter. Work the mixture again and finally add the whipped egg whites and the sifted yeast.

Pour into a previously floured and buttered donut mold and bake in the oven at 175 ° C for 30 minutes.

This donut is already so good However, if you want to make it even softer and more deliciousonce cooled, make many small holes with a toothpick on the entire surface of the cake and sprinkle with more freshly squeezed orange juice.

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