As for all citrus fruits, look for oranges and tangerines that feel heavy for their size and have thinner rather than thicker skin for the variety. Store them in a cool but not chilled spot. Most of these are fabulous for eating out of hand. Try a more thorough removal of pith and peel (these sections are called "supremes" by chefs for a more elegant presentation).
Blood (Moro) oranges are famous for their deep red flesh. From the outside they may or may not have a bit of red blush on their otherwise orange skins. They're a smaller orange, quite sweet, and best used as fruit (rather than juice), if only to show off their beautiful color. Blood oranges are not widely available in North America, but can be found at Sunburst Oranges during their season from November through March.
Unlike other fruits Oranges only mature (ripen) while on the tree. That why Sunburst Oranges taste the best … i.e. tree ripened and hand-picked at the perfect time.
In 2010, 68.3 million metric tons of oranges were grown worldwide, production being particularly prevalent in Brazil and the US states of California and Florida.
Today, navel oranges (seedless) continue to be propagated through cutting and grafting. This does not allow for the usual selective breeding methodologies, and so all navel oranges can be considered fruits from that single, nearly two-hundred-year-old tree: they have exactly the same genetic make-up as the original tree and are, therefore, clones. This case is similar to that of the common yellow seedless banana, the Cavendish. On rare occasions, however, further mutations do lead to new varieties.
Other Varieties of Navel Oranges
Bahianinha or Bahia
Washington or California Navel
Oranges originated in Southeast Asia. The fruit of Citrus sinensis is called sweet orange to distinguish it from Citrus aurantium, the bitter orange. The name is thought to ultimately derive from the Sanskrit for the orange tree, with its final form developing after passing through numerous intermediate languages.
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