Oranges

Types of Oranges

Oranges orginated in China more than 4000 year ago. They were taken by the Arabs to Spain which is the origin of the Seville Orange a bitter orange that is used in marmalades. Oranges were first planted in Australia in 1788. More than half of Australia’s orange crop is used to produce juice.

Selection, Storage and Availability

Oranges are picked ripe and do not ripen once picked. Select fruit that feels heavy for its size. Avoid bruised, soft or wrinkled fruit. Fruit which is a little softer will generally provide more juice. Valencia oranges have a slightly green skin this does not mean they not ripe but is because they are ripened in warmer temperatures. Oranges can be stored at room temparature but last longer if stored in the refrigerator. Navel oranges are available all year round but other varieties are more seasonal.

Uses

The juice of oranges can be used as an alternative to sugar in desserts and sweets as well as in dressings. Orange zest is great to add a little zing to savoury and sweet dishes. The flesh of the orange can be eaten by itself added to fruit salads or used in a savoury salad.

Nutrition Information

Oranges are very low in fat and high in vitamin c, thiamin, folate and potassium.

Navel Oranges

Navel oranges – sweet, juicy and full of zest. Usually seedless, they are easy to peel and ideal as a healthy snack at any time of the day.

Navel and Navelina are seedless oranges that take their names from the Navel protuberance at the end, which contains a tiny embryonic fruit. They have thick, pebbly skins and very sweet juicy flesh. The main varieties of navels oranges are: Summer Navel (Lane Late, Barnfield and Wilson), and Winter Navel (Washington, Navelina and Leng). Available May to December.

Valencia Oranges

Deliciously sweet and juicy, used for juicing as well as eating. Valencia’s have a thin and slightly pebbly rind. The flesh is bright orange and extremely juicy and nearly seedless. Valencia is a late orange, which has a smooth, thin skin, and contains few if any seeds, pale flesh, a sharp flavour, and is very juicy. Available November to February.

Seville Oranges

These are a winter orange which has a thick rind and a bitter membrane and flavour. The Seville is a cooking not an eating orange. Every year have customers eagerly awaiting the arrival of the Seville so that they can make marmalade.

Blood Oranges

There are a number of different blood orange varieties. Differing varieties have differing amounts of red in the skin and flesh. Blood oranges are almost seedless. The juice of blood oranges is sweeter than an orange and has raspberry and cherry overtones.
Available July-September.

Ruby Blood Navel

A relatively new  hybrid piece of ruby grapefruit, blood orange and navel orange. Bitter sweet juicy orange skin with a light purple flesh. Available in the winter months.