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The Scent of “Sweet Orange”

Everyone knows what an orange smells like, that burst of zest as you dig your fingers into the waxy skin to break into this juiciest of fruits.

The smell of orange; like any citrus, it has an upbeat and cheerful scent reminiscent of summer and warm weather.

Next time you peel an orange, try pressing a portion of the rind between your fingers, and you should be able to smell the intense aroma of the essential oil escaping from the rind.

Sweet orange is most commonly known for its wonderful uplifting and calming scent.

It shows relaxing properties and improves mood.

The aroma of orange decreases stress and anxiety and helps to calm the body.

The smell of orange will boost your energy and get you up and moving again, perfect for those mid-week work slumps.

The aroma of sweet orange is cheerful and helps to improve the aroma of a stale-smelling or smoky room.

Three funny facts to know about sweet oranges:

  1. Oranges are technically a berry! These special berries, known as hesperidium, develop from one flower with one ovary (Live Science).
  2. The name of the fruit came before the name of the color. The word for orange made its way into the English language in the 1300s. However, the name for orange as a color didn’t appear in English until the 1500s. That means the fruit definitely came before the color.
  3. The bigger the navel, the sweeter the orange. This fun fact about oranges can help you pick out the fruit next time you’re in the supermarket. If you love your oranges to be sweet and juicy, the next time you’re shopping for navel oranges, choose the ones with the largest navels (the middle bit) as they’re the sweetest. Navel oranges also make the sweetest orange juice that we all love drinking.

Here is an interesting poem about orange that may put a smile on your face.

The Orange

At lunchtime I bought a huge orange—
The size of it made us all laugh.
I peeled it and shared it with Robert and Dave—
They got quarters and I had a half.

And that orange, it made me so happy,
As ordinary things often do
Just lately. The shopping. A walk in the park.
This is peace and contentment. It’s new.

The rest of the day was quite easy.
I did all the jobs on my list
And enjoyed them and had some time over.
I love you. I’m glad I exist.

— Wendy Cope