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Oranges (Citrus sinensis) are thought to be a hybrid of pomelos and mandarins. Types include Valencia (often used for juice and generally available starting in April), Navel (distinctive “belly button” on the blossom end), and Blood (deeply red flesh with sweet juice). Cara Cara is a variety of navel orange with salmon-colored flesh. Orange trees produce three essential oils used in perfumery and aromatherapy: oil of orange from the rind, petitgrain oil from the twigs and branches, and neroli from the flowers. Orange blossom water is commonly used in Middle Eastern cooking.

In Season

January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

Recipes with Oranges

Candied Citrus Peel

Jordan Champagne, It Starts with Fruit

Beet, Blood Orange, Watercress

Nigel Slater, Greenfeast: Autumn, Winter

Citrus Salad

Ave Lambert, CUESA

Sorrel and Orange Salad with Cucumbers

Katie Lauter, CUESA Staff

Articles about Oranges

January 12, 2018

Sunshine in the Winter: A Farmers Market Guide to Citrus

From Cara Cara oranges to Buddha’s Hand citron, here are the winter citrus fruits you don’t want to miss the farmers market.

January 10, 2014

Big Chill for Citrus Growers

What’s the citrus forecast? Find out how our farmers are faring after last month’s severe freeze.

February 15, 2013

Growing Sustainable Citrus and Soil

Ken Olsen of Olsen Organic Farm is not just growing delicious oranges and mandarins; he’s growing a healthy ecosystem.

January 22, 2010

Boxed Juice Vs. Fresh Fruit

Alissa Hamilton, author of Squeezed: What You Don’t Know about Orange Juice, talks about the orange juice industry and the value of fresh fruit. 

January 04, 2008

The Multi-hued Market

Why are some fruits and vegetables green, some orange and others red? The answer is in the pigments.


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