A Look Inside the Groves – October 2018 Hale Groves Update
In the grove an irrigation pipe provides the perfect perch for a tri-colored heron on the hunt for an early morning meal.
Clear blue skies frame the deep green foliage and abundant fruit of the new navel orange crop. Warm sunny days and good rainfall are helping these fruit to mature right on schedule.
As we measure the progress of navels in the grove, we find that they are already achieving healthy sizes for this time of year. They will soon turn orange and ripen fully.
Although the fruit is still green on the outside, a look within reveals the glorious orange color that we love to see. This deep orange color is an indication of developing sweetness.
To ensure the finest quality fruit, we use instruments such as the refractometer to test the sugar content of the fruit juice. Even at this stage, the navel flesh is bright orange and juicy.
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