Spain, with an area under cultivation of 144,000 ha, is the “European champion” in orange production with a volume of 3.7 million t, about half of which is exported. The first orange plants were planted by the priest of Carcagente, Vicente Monzó, in 1722. As reported in the first edition of “Fruit World” in September 1942, the “Orange Blossom Coast” (Costa del Azaher) exported 340,000 t of oranges in the 1941/42 season, 90% of which were exported to Germany.
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