O is for orange. Oranges are a popular, nutritious and juicy fruit packed with fibre and vitamins. They are tasty both raw and cooked (less common) and they make a great lunchbox addition – perfect for little hands to work on the fine motor skills needed with peeling them (with some help for younger ones!).
They are also a common finger foods given to little ones, often with the pith and segment skin removed. Energy dense, they are brilliant for little ones constantly on the go.
DID YOU KNOW?
- Around 85% of all oranges produced are used for juice.
- Marmalade is actually orange jam.
- Oranges don’t spoil easily and because they are full of vitamin C early exploration sailors planted orange trees along trade routes, for them to stop off and eat, to prevent scurvy – which is a disease caused by a deficiency of vitamin C.
- Over 600 varieties of oranges exist across the world!
- Gardeners sometimes sprinkle orange peel over vegetables and plants, as a slug repellent.
WHY ARE ORANGES SO GOOD FOR YOU?
1- One orange can provide over 130% of your daily vitamin C needs – important for boosting immunity and cell health.
2- Oranges have no fat, cholesterol or sodium
3- The high fibre of oranges are great for digestion and colon health
4- Oranges are also renowned for reducing the risk of respiratory diseases, certain cancers, rheumatoid arthritis, ulcers and even kidney stones.
5- The high sugars and water content are great for hydrating little ones and for providing energy…. obviously everything in moderation!
Below we have a fun orange craft idea for “Orange Snails” as well as a delicious, simple Gluten-free and Dairy-free Orange and Almond Cake recipe… check them out. They are fun ways to celebrate oranges, to talk about their texture, their taste and why they are so good for us and important in our diets!