Monday, June 20, 2011

Pure Goodness: Oranges


Oranges. A wonderful gift from nature.

I would like to extend a warm welcome to the lovely Natalia of Fashioned by Love, who will be sharing her vast knowledge on healthy living and nutrition with us today. In a continuation of the pure ingredient series, entitled "Pure Goodness", this article focuses on fresh oranges. Enjoy!  







Originated thousands of years ago in Asia, oranges look like summer sunshine and smell of holidays spent in a beautiful Mediterranean village. Bursting with sweet flavour, unmistakable aroma and energy-filled bright colour, they were first used in traditional Chinese medicine to treat coughs and colds, while the oil was applied to relief tension and ease digestive discomfort.

Historically, the fruit was very expensive and in Victorian times reserved for weddings or to be presented as a very special gift at Christmas. In the 16 century Spanish explorers brought oranges to Florida, and then, the 18 century, to California. These days sweet oranges are grown in USA, Brazil, Mexico, Spain, Portugal and Israel.









Oranges have been found to contain more than 60 flavonoids that work with vitamin C to provide anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory protection to the cells, including DNA, and may also reduce risk of several cancers and rheumatoid arthritis, strengthen capillaries and prevent varicose veins. Apart from plentiful quantities of vitamin C, oranges also contain heart-healthy fibre, folate, potassium and flavonoids, bone-building calcium and phosphorus, stress-reducing magnesium, and energy-producing vitamin B1.

Enjoy them as a snack, add to salads as oranges go beautifully with fresh crispy fennel and scrumptious avocado, blend into soups, make a refreshing drink full of fruity goodness or a spicy tea by combining orange peel, cinnamon and clove and, of course, don’t forget about zesty treats like this lovely orange and poppy seed cake or summer baked fruits.

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Content: created by Natalia, of the lovely blog Fashioned By Love, for Haute Design | Images: 01, 09 Henri Del Olmo, Coté Sud F/M '06 | 02, 10, 13 Henri Del Olmo F/M '08 | 03, 06, 11 Todd Mashard via Kate Ryan | 04, 12 A Creative Mint | 05 Hermès | 07 Stella McCartney citrus print via LYST | 08 Véronique Mati, Coté Sud F/M '08

26 comments:

  1. I am ging to try this cake, Sarah.
    Such a beautiful post.
    Teresa
    xoxo

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  2. didn't know that orange color actually make the place really nice. love the post thanks for sharing :)
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  3. yum! The pictures and the post & recipes are amazing...I've printed off the recipes for some summer enjoyment

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  4. This post was just beyond gorgeous- so so lovely!!!

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  5. Mmmmmm. Orange. The color is as good as the fruit!

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  6. Love orange.This is one of my favourite colors.Great post:)

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  7. beautifully nutritious post..love all the fashion shots! thanks for sharing, sarah..have a lovely day..do visit my blog when you have a moment..warm hugs..xx meenal

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  8. How lovely to find Natalia here, Sarah! Gorgeous selection of images to accompany her useful information and advice on healthy eating. :)Ada

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  9. Good morning, darling! Thank you for giving me an opportunity to write for your wonderful blog! It's been a real pleasure.

    I absolutely love this post, the images are gorgeous! Not only I love the fruits, but orange colour is one of my favourite ones, it's so full of energy and happiness and the photos you chose are yet another proof of it. I also loved it how you used the pattern from Stella McCartney's SS collection as one of the images, it actually made me think how wonderful it would be to frame it.

    Wishing you a wonderful day!

    xxx

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  10. Hello Sarah,
    I have to say I love an orange - I have one every morning! It's a simple daily pleasure. I also think that the colour orange is hugely underrated. I find it boldly youthful, if you know what I mean. I just bought a dresser I plan to paint a risky bold orange... who knows how it will turn out! A fun weekend endeavor, anyway.
    Cheerio!
    Alice
    Just a Silhouette

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  11. Have always always loved the color of tangerine ... so happy, so summer. Speaking of summer, happy first day of! Leaving in the morning for some time at the beach ... and so ready for it! Big hats, sunglasses, margaritas here I come!

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  12. Hi Sarah! This post just made a beautiful day brighter! You just can't help but smile when you see these images with it's bright and uplifting feeling. Happy Summer!

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  13. love orange so much lately. I'm looking for orange nail lacquer but can't find one near my place... maybe because it's winter here? xo

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  14. What a brilliant post. I didn't know they originally came from Asia. So as my grandmother used to say..."You learn something new every single day!".

    Orange and all its happy tones also happen to be one of my all-time favourite colours, so this entire post was like slurping a freshly squeezed glass of yummy orange juice!

    And being winter in Oz, oranges are abundant and I love grouping them in crystal bowls for scented decorations, so the timing is lovely for us Downunder.

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  15. I am loving orange right now, especially in interiors. My daughter is doing a playroom in her house in orange and light blue and it's wonderful...such a happy color!!

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  16. Beautiful post! I’m heading over to check your tumbler right now, thanks for the reminder! Christian Louboutin Sale

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  17. Beautiful! Loving all the orange!

    xo Mary Jo

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  18. Fresh orange is the symbol for sun! You've chosen great orange inspired images to share and I've loved reading more about the history of oranges. Thanks for sharing:)

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  19. I like the orange seating.. Looks really good and it is an eye catcher! Cool post, check out also 3D Rendering

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  20. sarah, lovely post. im beginning to like this color more and more. i love the pic of the loungy living room.

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  21. Manvi: that is one of my favorites, too :) it is such a delicious color — and the recipes that Natalia has linked look fabulous... I plan on trying a few this coming week! xx

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  22. Oh, I adore this post, Sarah!! So beautiful and informative. I love oranges and the color is TDF!

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  23. orange is so powerful! and cheers me up every time!

    hugs,
    agnes
    :) :)

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  24. gorgeous collection sarah, love that first room! jxx

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  25. These photos are all so beautiful.. as is your blog and all the posts I've seen in it!

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