The internet is full of fabulous facts about everything from current events to the history basket weaving. Because of this, as we research for our daily content on food trucks, food carts and street food, we stumble upon some items of knowledge that we just did not know. We have decided when these fun facts pop up, that we would share them with our readers in our section titled, “Did You Know?”
For today’s Did You Know we will look at Orange Blossom fun facts.
The Facts: The orange blossom’s scientific name is Citrus sinensis. The flower falls into the kingdom plantae, division magnoliophyta. The flower’s class is magnoliopsida, and its order is sapindales. It is a member of the family rutaceae, genus citrus, and species seninsis.
- The Orange Blossom is the Florida State Flower.
- June 27th is National Orange Blossom Day.
- Orange blossom flowers are small and white, with waxy petals. There are five petals and five sepals per flower. Each flower has 20 to 25 stamens in the center, arranged in a compact spiral. Orange blossoms are very fragrant, with a distinct citrus scent.
- Oranges grow on trees during the fall and winter. The blossoms are produced by the tree during the spring, and each indicates a point at which an orange will develop later in the year. Each spring, blossoms emerge in clusters of up to 6 flowers per cluster.
- Orange blossoms impart a mild citrus flavor when used in cooking. The blossoms should be used within 4 hours after picking them from the tree, to enjoy the most flavor. The blossoms are used in salads and desserts. Before eating, remove the sepals and stamen.
- The only state flower that is used to make perfume is the orange blossom. The flower’s essential oil is used to add scent to colognes and toiletries. The orange blossom is also used to make herbal tea.
Orange Blossom Fun Facts We Missed
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Reference: Wikipedia: Fun Facts about Orange Blossoms.