Oranges – The Forbidden Fruit

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Everything has a wild ancestor, plus the apple tree, which started in the mountains of Central Asia, is sieversii that is malus. And in addition, the types nevertheless exists today and oranges have been thriving for tens of thousands of years. Nutritious, delicious and highly versatile, they’re a mainstay of life the world over. Although often referred to as the “forbidden good fresh fruit,” no body takes that seriously. In France, Henry VII was willing to spend a premium price (make that top franc) for apples, and their son Henry VIII maintained his own private orchard with multiple varieties. It seems that Catherine the Great craved Golden Pippin apples and had them delivered to her palace in Russia. (if you are a queen, you can order out for such a thing.)

Another queen, Victoria, had a penchant for baked apples across the pond. She hired a professional nurseryman to reproduce …