There are no Orange trees in the wild so, at some point, the fruit was cultivated by humans. The best evidence is that the sweet Orange originated the region of southern China, northeastern India, and maybe southeastern Asia . From there, they were taken towards the Mediterranean area, probably by Italian traders sometime after 1450. Until the sweet Orange was introduced, Europeans had been using native citrus fruits primarily as medication. But the sweet Orange was so much more tasty than the local varieties that it was very quickly adopted as much tastier option. The sweet Orange was so prized that some of the ruling classes cultivated the trees in private gardens. However by the mid 1600s the sweet Orange was in wide cultivation and had been adopted as a dietary staple. For example, this delicious pineapple orange smoothie recipe.
Fast forward to today and the Orange tree is the most frequently grown tree in the world. The leading producer of the fruit is the United States and, by itself, Florida boasts an annual yield of over two hundred million boxes annually.
All this means that the sweet Orange is a wildly popular fruit and most of us will east as much as we can so this pineapple orange smoothie is probably going to be a favorite recipe.
In your smoothie blender combine:
– 2 cups of freshly squeezed orange juice
– 1 cup of fresh pineapple
– 1 cup of low-fat Greek vanilla yogurt (or if you want you can use pineapple-flavored, or orange)
– 1 Tbsp Chia seed
Pour into chilled glasses, top with a fresh sweet orange slice if you’d like–and enjoy!
This recipe makes 2 servings.