Vintage Botanical Print of Oranges & an Orange Tree
Today’s image comes from my old children’s encyclopedia set. It is a full page color plate of the Orange – including the tree branches, the flowers, and several depictions of the inside sections of the fruit. I was thinking that this is a nice summer image, but really, aren’t oranges a late fall or winter crop? Ooops. My bad.
Anyway, not only is this lovely image from an antique book, but oranges have tons of history in their own right. Did you know that ancient sailors planted orange trees along their trade routes to prevent scurvy? Or that the orange was so highly regarded in Europe in the 1400s-1500s that the wealthy would have their own orange groves? Or that the name of the orange is likely derived from Sanskrit – one of the oldest languages around? Maybe not – but I thought that was kinda interesting. 😉
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