Posted September 19th, 2019 by Fruidel Team
Did you know that not all oranges are orange – Fruidel Fruity Facts
Why do oranges get treated with ethylene gas?
In sub-tropical growing regions like Brazil, the country that grows the most oranges in the world, there are never temperatures cold enough to break down the chlorophyll in the fruit’s skin, which means it may still be yellow or green even when it’s ripe. But because American and European consumers can’t fathom such a phenomenon, imported oranges get treated with ethylene gas to get rid of the chlorophyll and turn them orange.
This also means that Florida oranges tend to be yellower than California oranges, because they’re grown further south.