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The office here in Zurich is awesomely cool of course, maybe you've seen pictures. What is absolutely coolest here is the orange juice machine. Not only is it mechanically cool - it's also got oranges that taste great.

I wondered about this the last time I was here, about a month or two ago. You see the oranges here taste exactly like the ones back home in India, not at all like the pale blandness of American oranges. No, the orangensaft here is rich in taste and color. Orange here really means orange, not pale yellow.

My theory at that time was that maybe orange plantations in India started with seeds from Europe, you know due to the history of European colonization. But, I maybe wrong, India is actually the 4th largest producer of oranges in the world, so maybe, just maybe I am actually drinking the juice of Indian oranges.

Wondrous oblivion...

P.S. Look up this movie by the same name, rather nice.

Date: 2008-07-02 09:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] crabbycool.livejournal.com
they asked us the following question in our 3rd year b.sc practicals. none of us in a class of 18 were able to answer the question and i still don't know the answer to the question.

"why did the British introduce apple cultivation in the western himalays, and orange cultivation in the eastern himalays?"

Date: 2008-07-03 02:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] twistedlogix.livejournal.com
The word "Orange" is supposed to have originated from Sanskrit "Naranga".

Orange might have also been taken from India and planted in Americas and Africa.

Just checked... Wikipedia too avers that Orange originated in Southeast Asia. :)

Date: 2008-07-05 12:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sriniram.livejournal.com
Indeed, you are right, from the Wikipedia entry on Oranges (linked above):

Persian orange
[...]
Sweet oranges brought to Europe in the 15th century from India by Portuguese traders, quickly displaced the bitter, and are now the most common variety of orange cultivated. [...]

Date: 2008-07-05 12:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sriniram.livejournal.com
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orange_(word) traces the source of the word back to Sanskrit, but it also goes farther to quote unconfirmed doubts that it probably has origins in Tamil...

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