By Jason Tromblay. December 8, 2010.
When you think of Florida oranges, many varieties of fruit should come to mind. If you can only think of one generic type of orange, then you may not be aware of just how many types of Florida oranges are out there. Fortunately, this article will help you understand that there is more to Florida oranges than just a round, orange-colored piece of citrus.
Arguably the most common type of Florida oranges is the navel orange. A navel orange is named this because it appears to have a navel growing out of the top of it. Some felt like this appendage looked similar to a human navel (or belly button) and so decided that they would name them navel oranges. Florida oranges with this navel have a small amount of tiny segments of orange at the top when you peel them. These segments taste the same as the rest of the orange and only add to the enjoyment of your Florida oranges.
Valencia Florida oranges are the next on this list. It has a smooth peel with an orange color that may occasionally get hints of pink or rose to them. They are juicy and have very few seeds. Besides Navel Florida oranges, these are probably the most popular of the Florida citrus group.
The next most popular of the Florida oranges is the Honeybell, which is also known as a tangelo or a Minneola tangelo. This is actually not an orange at all but a hybrid of a grapefruit and a tangerine. But because of their bright orange color and citrus taste, many people mistake these for being Florida oranges. Though they belong in the same family of fruits and grow in the Sunshine State just like regular Florida oranges, Honeybells do stand on their own with a unique taste and very few seeds inside their thin skin. There are other types of tangelos that are also grown in Florida.
Have you ever heard of a Pineapple Orange? It has an oval shape and a textured peel that feels like it has small pebbles all over it. This type of Florida oranges is very juicy and therefore messy, to be sure to eat it with a napkin!
Temple oranges have very few seeds, and in fact the odd Temple Florida oranges have one or no seeds in them. They have a honey color to them and just like Pineapple oranges, they are very juicy.
Besides oranges and tangelos, there are other citrus fruits from this family that grow along with Florida oranges in Florida. Those would include a few varieties of grapefruits and tangerines. No matter which Florida oranges varietals you choose, they are all juicy, delicious and packed with lots of healthy minerals and vitamins.