The first mention of oranges comes from the writings of the Arabs, both the common and official names are derived from the Sanskirt nagaranga thought the Arabic naranj. The Romans drank orange-flower water to reduce hangovers. 1
Oranges were introduced into Britain around 1290 and taken to the New World by Christopher Columbus, who planted seeds in 1493.2
Oranges have been known since the first century, but Neroli was only discovered in the seventeenth century. The Venetians used it liberally to counter the plague and other fevers.
Named for the Princess of Nerola, who used it to scent her gloves.