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Founded in 1951, when our District name was Ranchito School District, Valencia Elementary School got its name from a citrus field grown in the fertile lands between the Río Hondo and San Gabriel Rivers: the Valencia orange.

The Valencia orange is grown mainly in Florida, California, Texas and Arizona. It is very different from other oranges because of its thin golden skin, its sweet flesh, and its small number of seeds. From January to November you can enjoy the Valencia as a fruit juice or eating it from one’s hand, taking advantage of the healthy gift this orange has for us.

Nowadays, these once aromatic fields have disappeared in order to give way to new buildings. However, at Valencia Elementary School, one original Valencia tree still stands proudly reminding us of the past and a sweet future.

Fun Facts: 

1 orange [medium size] (154g)
Calories 80
Total Fat 0g
Sodium 0mg
Total Carbohydrate 21g
Dietary Fiber 5g
Protein 1g
% of U.S. RDA
Vitamin A 0%
Calcium 4%
Vitamin C 120%
Iron 0%
Fat-free, Sodium-free, High in fiber, High in vitamin C, Cholesterol-free

Did you know that...

...the word orange comes from the Arab word “naranch”?

...sour varieties of oranges have been cultivated since well before the Middle Ages, the sweet ones appearing only in the 15th Century?

...from Southern Asia, the orange spread to Syria, Persia, Italy, Spain and Portugal, and then on a voyage of Columbus, to the “New World”?

...Spanish explorers took it to Florida and Spanish missionaries took it to California?

Resources: allrecipes.iwon.com and www.produceoasis.com