You have probably already heard that Indian River fruit is the best fruit that you can buy. For more than a hundred years people who wanted great tasting citrus fruit have bought oranges, grapefruit and tangerines from the Indian River district of Florida because the citrus fruit produced there has a sweetness and a great taste that other citrus fruit just doesn’t have. In the early 1900s the fruit was shipped by boat to ports around the US to satisfy the demand for Indian River fruit. Now it’s fast and easy to get Indian River fruit delivered to your door, or to have Indian River oranges, grapefruit and other citrus fruits sent to your loved ones all over the country. But do you know what makes Indian River fruit taste so great? Here are the top three reasons why Indian River fruit tastes so special:
The location- Most of Florida is affected by the climate changes that occur because of the ocean. Different weather fronts drift in from the ocean at different times of the year and sometimes those fronts bring weather that can damage citrus fruit crops like freezing temperatures, high winds, or too much rain. Even a change of a degree or two in the temperature can mean that the citrus fruit trees will produce fruit that tastes good but not as great as fruit that hasn’t been exposed to those weather fluctuations. The Indian River district is far enough away from the Florida coast that the citrus groves there are not affected by temperature changes or other weather events rolling down the coast.
The soil – Indian River fruit grows large and sweet thanks to the highly nutritious soil that the fruit trees grow in. The Indian River, along with other waterways in the area, drop soil carried from far away that contains the perfect mixture of nutrients for fruit trees to flourish. The citrus trees are able to produce the delicious fruit known as Indian River fruit because they get the exact right blend of vitamins and nutrients from the soil for the fruit to be the best it can be.
The river – The Indian River is the ultimate protection for citrus trees in the area and is really the secret weapon in making Indian River fruit so delicious. On the rare occasions when the temperatures do drop to dangerous levels, citrus growers flood the groves with the warm water from the Indian River, which raises the temperature out of the danger zone and keeps the fruit and the fruit trees safe from damage.