What kinds of oranges grow in Texas?
Sweet, juicy, and brightly-colored sun-kissed oranges are sure to lighten anyone’s mood and chase the blues away. This, aside from being packed with vitamins and minerals that can boost overall health, is what makes the Oranges from Texas one of the most sought after citrus fruit in all of America.
I have had oranges from numerous places. I have traveled from coast to coast and sampled different orange cultivars to determine which varieties are the sweetest.
- Valencia Oranges have the perfect balance of sweet and tart flavors that is just right for juicing. Valencia Orange juice offers a refreshing zing that is sure to quench your thirst during the hot summer months, plus the juice does not turn bitter as fast as that of other oranges. You can keep it in stock for days, even weeks. This summer orange cultivar is available from March until September, but can often extend until November.
- Navel Oranges are available from November to June and are named for the small, navel-like formation found on the blossom end of the fruit. The seedless, easy-to-peel Navel has a fantastic sweet flavor bundled with a pleasant floral aroma making it a wonderful snacking fruit. However, unlike the Valencia, the juice of Navel Oranges can turn bitter sooner, so make sure that when you juice this fruit, you drink it up right away.
- Cara Cara Oranges are mutated Navel Oranges which are extremely sweet with very low acidity. This seedless orange variety has an amazing pink flesh due to the natural presence of lycopene. Aside from being sweet and flavorful, Cara Cara oranges are also packed with fiber and offer more vitamin C than other orange varieties.
- Blood Oranges are excellent orange fruits that get their name for the intense blood-red to maroon-colored flesh caused by anthocyanins, which is a family of polyphenol pigments uncommon to citrus fruits. It offers a rich orange flavor with a tinge of fresh raspberry in addition to the usual citrus taste. Blood oranges are available from December to mid-April and can be easily distinguished from other orange cultivars by the tell-tale red blush on their skin.
- Honeybell Oranges, also called Minneola Tangelos, are premium orange fruits that hold the highest position in the citrus echelon. Honeybell Oranges have a unique bell shape and feature a fiery orange color with flesh that overflows with sweet, honeyed juice. This citrus fruit is a hybrid of sweet tangerine and tart Grapefruit and has a very limited availability – from January until the 1st or 2nd week of February. Honeybell Oranges cannot be easily found and are mostly pre-ordered by mail and online. Make sure to try out this orange variety and order orange boxes filled with honey-sweet goodness.
- Clementine Orange is a hybrid between a Willowleaf mandarin orange and a sweet orange, and have a deep-orange peel and smooth, glossy appearance. This aromatic fruit has less acid than most oranges and is typically sweet and overflowing with juice. Clementine orange boxes can be pre-ordered from citrus farms and are sent out from Thanksgiving until after New Year.