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Oranges Grown in Leonidio

Its shape can be either round or oval, its outer peel can be either thick or thin depending on the variety and the inner flesh can be either orange, or as in the case of sanguini, red. The outer appearance of the peel is relatively uneven and it might even bear small spots which produce aromatic essential oils.

Our oranges hold a special place in our hearts. Oranges are sweet, juicy, pure and exceptionally nutritious.

We cultivate our orange trees in complete harmony with the soil which nourishes them. For this reason, we choose varieties which are compatible with the area’s climate and the soil’s features.

The main varieties found in Leonidio are “Merlin”, which are tasty and juicy, and “Valencia”, which are highly tolerant and produce luscious oranges of the highest quality.

The yield of oranges in Leonidio averages 1,000 tons annually.

Nutritional Value of Oranges

Although oranges, equally the fruit and the juice, are identified with Vitamin C, we must not overlook the remaining components which are also vital to our health.

Upon further review, oranges contain over 170 substances acting as exceptional antioxidants which provide maximum protection against free radicals and molecules harmful to blood cells. These substances can be categorized into three categorises: flavonoids, limonoids and carotenoids.

Flavonoids are substances present only in vegetable foods. Numerous animal studies indicate a whole series of positive effects on health, such as combating inflammation and deterring the growth of cancer cells.

There are about 38 different limonoids in oranges, and especially present in their outer peel. These vital elements contribute to the prevention of various forms of cancer.

Moreover, sufficient amounts of folic acid present reduce the risk of babies being born with neurological defects. Folic acid is also a vital element in the reduction of cardiovascular disease.

Oranges are a rich source of pectin, a compound of outstanding properties in the reduction of choloresterol levels. Published studies in prominent science journals have indicated that an increased intake of pectin contributes to the reduction of LDL, bad cholesterol.

Finally, a large glass of orange juice (250 ml) provides both children and adults with twice the daily recommended allowance of Vitamin C.

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