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agrumes

citrus fruits

Set of different citrus fruits on a white background, top view

The word is derived from medieval Latin acrumen, bitter tasting.

Some in the Renaissance tried to claim they should be called hespérides after the garden of the Hesperides in Greek myth, west beyond the sunset, where Heracles went to seek the ‘golden apples’ as one of his Twelve Labours.

But the odds of them really being oranges aren’t good: they only came to Europe from their native southeast Asia in the 4th century BC with the army of Alexander the Great.

Fruit and nuts

Text © Dana Facaros

Image by Marco Verch Professional Photographer