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Universally considered the best oranges for eating out-of-hand, seedless navels have juicy flesh, easy-to-peel rinds and an irresistibly pure, sweet orange flavor. All navels have an opening at the blossom end of the fruit that resembles a belly button – hence the name “navel.”


The Navelate is harvested after the Navel, but prior to the Valencia types. This type of eating orange is characterised by its deep orange colour and it delivers a delicious sweet burst of juicy goodness. Production is between early/mid-April and end-July/early August.



Valencias are named for the city of Valencia in Spain, although the variety is thought to have originated in China or India. Valued for their high juice content and availability outside of the typical citrus season, Valencia oranges are usually thin-skinned and have a few seeds. They’re considered one of the best oranges for juicing. Varieties like Alpha, Olinda, G5 Gusocora, Bennie, Valencia Late and Turkey can be found within this group.



Delta is a smooth-rinded South African variety which resembles the Valencia but matures somewhat earlier. It’s a seedless fruit of high quality and is popular because it’s less acidic and thus great-tasting. Production is mid-June to mid-October.



Midknight is a larger fruit and virtually seedless. It has a high juice percentage and its intense flavour makes it excellent for eating or juicing. Production mid-June to end-September.

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