A Look Inside the Groves – May 2019 Hale Groves Update

By: The Hale Groves Team | On: | Category: Grove Update

The classic navel on the bottom of a navel orange is actually a secondary fruit formed within the navel orange itself.

Testing the navels with a refractometer to check the Brix/sugar in the fruit. We do this in the field to verify it meets our quality standards before packing.


Our late season navels are harvested from our older trees. These mature trees have a big canopy and large root system that allows them to draw up and store large volumes of water and nutrients. This aids in the fruit being able to hang on the tree till late in the season and develop a sweet mellow taste.

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