Day 71 ♥
O.K., if I were a Pirate, the real deal booty I would be after would be all the lovely Tropical fruit on the desert islands.
It must have been a joy for the buccaneers of old to finally reach a Tropical island (and Tropical fruit!) after many weeks at sea.
The dear old Orange, along with its Citrus cousins, was often a godsend for the seafarers of old.
Before it was discovered that the Orange and other Citrus fruits were a great source of Vitamin C and precious as gold for their anti-scorbutic properties, many mariners died or suffered terribly from Scurvy.
Scury occurs due to a lack of Vitamin C in the body. Many mammals can manufacture their own Vitamin C, but Humans and Guinea Pigs are generally unable to make their own, and so need this vitamin in their diet.
Scurvy, aside from drowning and fighting, was one of the major causes of death in sailors.
For instance, on Vasco de Gama's first cruise around the Cape of Good Hope, at the end of the fifteenth century, half his crew died from Scurvy.
Once it was found that Citrus fruits could help to prevent Scurvy. Citrus trees were planted all along the seafarers' ports of call, including Maderia, The Azores, West Africa, and St. Helena.
The Orange is indeed a great traveller.
If kept cool and dry, it can keep nicely for many weeks.
It is so well protected in its thick zesty coat.
And so the Orange is a real Storehouse of energy and nutrients.
If I was setting off with Capt'n Cappi on a Tropical Adventure on the High Seas, you can be sure that our ship would have its hold choc-full of Orange Treasure.
And as well as being a Storehouse of Vitamin C, I find the Orange also to be a Storehouse of Sunshine.
The Orange is a valuable bringer of stored food energy and sun energy in the Winter months to many fruit eaters.
Especially in those countries where the sunshine is very limited in Winter, then the Orange can be a vital Winter fruit, that keeps and travels well.
When you open up your Orange, you release into your body the Energy and nutrients that have been gradually absorbed and stored from a beautiful Summer somewhere in Citrus Country ♥
And in the words of my friend Arnold Ehret:
"...And when springtime comes and last season's fruits, especially apples are on the decline, and the new vegetables not yet ready, does not Mother Nature help us out abundantly with oranges from the South? Will the aroma and wealth of these splendid products of nature not induce man to eventually become a fruit-eater entirely?"
Well said Ehret ♥
Fruity Fare ♥
Morning— 10 Organic Valencias, juiced using a spoon
Mid-morning—14 Organic Valencias, juice using a spoon
Afternoon—400mls of Organic Valencia juice, using Amco squeezer, and three large Organic Valencias, juiced in my mouth.
Fruitful Exercise ♥
1 hour fast walking
10 minutes weights.
Have Beautiful Sunshiny Days, full of Treasure ♥
Love and Peaches XX.