Oranges have a very interesting history. The first set of oranges was grown in the north eastern part of India, southeast Asia and the south of China. They first cultivated in China in 2500 BC. It was in first century AD, that Roman took young orange trees from India to Rome.
Christopher Columbus planted orange orchards in Haiti. He had bought the seeds in 1493. By year 1518, Panama and Mexico also got their first taste of oranges and shortly thereafter Brazil started growing their own. America plants its first orange trees in 1513. It was done by Juan Ponce de Leon, a Spanish explorer. The sweetest variety of oranges are Valencia, bloody orange, Navel and the Persian variety. (The writer is a city-based Nutritionist)