What to Look For In Nutrient Rich Oranges

Orange is one of America’s most favorite fruits and one of the world’s most cultivated fruiting trees for home gardening and commercial growth. I am sure it does not come as a big surprise since we all know how fantastic an orange is. Just think about the bright-sun-kissed-orange skin enticing you to peel it off, the juicy fruit tempting you to take your first bite, and the burst of perfectly balanced sweet-tart flavor that makes you feel refreshed and happy knowing it isn’t just delicious but utterly nutritious.

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Best Mail Order Oranges

  • Navel Orange – The most common questions we hear regarding Navels are, “Why are Navel Oranges called Navel Oranges?” and “Why do Navel Oranges have Navels?” Navel Oranges are given that name because of the belly-button like formation found on their blossom end. The navel-like formation is an undeveloped secondary fruit nestled inside the peel of the primary fruit causing the “navel” on the fruit. When it comes to taste, this seedless winter orange is naturally sweeter than other orange varieties and offers a less acidic after taste making it a popular choice among kids and adults alike. It is high in Vitamins A and C, protein, dietary fiber, beta-carotene, calcium, and folate that helps promote overall good health. If you are interested in growing a Navel Orange tree but you have limited space you can always buy dwarf Navel Orange trees for sale, which can be grown in pots and still bear standard-sized fruits. A dwarf Navel Orange tree like the dwarf Washington Navel Orange tree usually grows to a size of about 10 feet tall and wide but can be kept smaller through pruning.
  • Valencia Orange – This is the perfect juicing orange because of its perfect juicy balance of sweet and tart flavor hard to find in other oranges. It has a bold orange flavor and just the right amount of sweetness. If you have ample space in your backyard, a Valencia Orange tree would be a wonderful addition. This cultivar is available in both standard and dwarf sizes which can be planted directly into the ground or in a container. But you might be wondering, “How big do Valencia Orange trees get?”  A standard Valencia Orange tree height reaches about 13 feet tall while the dwarf Valencia Orange tree can be kept at 6 to 8 feet tall. You can buy a dwarf Valencia Orange tree for sale from reputable citrus nurseries like citrus.com. Valencia Orange tree care includes providing your tree ample sunlight, consistent deep-watering, cold protection, feeding your tree with citrus-specific fertilizer, and pest or disease control when necessary.
  • Hamlin LA Sweet Orange – Refreshing, sweet, and juicy is the typical description for the Hamlin Sweet Orange. This fruit contains high amounts of vitamins A and C, potassium, and other essential nutrients that can help protect the body from illnesses and help the body grow stronger. The fruit of the Hamlin Sweet Orange tree can be eaten fresh out of hand, juiced, used to bake delectable desserts and pastries, and can be used to make alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Aside from the wonderful fruits it produces, the Louisiana Sweet Orange tree can also be used as an ornamental tree because it only grows 10 to 12 feet tall when planted into the ground. It has glossy, evergreen foliage topped with a rounded crown that is embellished with white, fragrant blooms that complete the ensemble. When you purchase a Hamlin Orange tree for sale it could start bearing fruits as early as 3 to 4 years upon replanting.
  • Blood Orange – This variety is one of the most unique varieties among all oranges not only because of its crimson red coloring giving it the “Blood Orange” name, but also its rich orange taste tinged with the flavor of fresh raspberry. It also has a distinctive red blush on its peel making it easy to distinguish from other oranges. The Moro Blood Orange tree can be grown outdoors in USDA plant hardiness zones 8-11. If you live in areas outside of the above-mentioned zones, we highly advise that you grow a dwarf Moro Blood Orange tree in a pot which you can move indoors during cold weather to protect it from the frost. The Blood Orange dwarf tree can be kept at 6 feet tall and does not require much space. Keep an eye out though for possible Aphid or insect infestation as they could harm a young dwarf Blood Orange tree.