Frankly I'm relieved to have found a navel this good so I wouldn't go down in the books as a complete hater. While it's juicy and tart, there's something almost artificial tasting and flat about it. Murcotts), cara caras, blood oranges, Minneolas, clementines, Valencias, an Ugli, and a few other varieties. At Florida Fruit Shippers® we never ship Florida citrus from storage. So much power for such a tiny fruit! I nearly broke a thumbnail digging into the chalky skin and my reward for the trouble was arid, listless, bitter fruit. It's almost laughable how loud and full this flavor is. The knobbled peel was satisfyingly loose and easily gave way to generous, sweet, tart, deeply flavored segments that were delightfully easy to separate and dry to the touch, but a genuine treat and a perfect snacking tangerine. And no, I couldn't get my hands on a precious Hallabong, but I was able to get a good sense of what makes a particular orange something I'd be happy to peel and eat. I went in predisposed not to like it because cara caras just aren't my particular jam (as you may have discerned by now), but I was swayed by the lack of that nasty, cloying aftertaste that's characteristic of cara caras. It doesn't really taste like much—this varies wildly by year. Pineapple Oranges Countryside Citrus was established in 1997, which has allowed our team to provide the industry with some of the freshest and most delicious citrus available on the East Coast. Photo by Kat Kinsman, I Tried 45 Oranges and This Is the Best One. The pocket-sized, easy-peeling mandarins aren't necessarily outstanding, but they're consistent and correct. It packed such a punch of sour that lingered so long you might not need more than one—though of course you're gonna house half a dozen. Boom—straight to the face like an orange lollipop. This orange was like a Victorian convalescent child confined to the nursery who subsists on tea-dampened toast. Falling face-first in a grove of these would be a dream, just mind the seeds. The scent was enticing, the juice a-flowing, but the acid burn at the back of the tongue was just a bit too intense to be pleasant. This orange had a thinner peel, but the acid level was practically punishing. The navel orange is large, meaty, and full of flavor. Like licking the Dum-Dums stick after the pop is gone. One of the oranges in the sack had a sticker that referred to New Year's Eve 2017 and I'm trying not to think about that too much. This mottled fella won’t win any beauty prizes and cripes, what a pain to peel and segment (a juice orange is meant to be sliced and, well, juiced rather than peeled and segmented, but I was on a particular mission). Maybe eat one of these instead of a pile of no-name clems from anywhere other than a red sack from a grocery store where elderly women are closely inspecting every bit of produce they're going to buy. They're the perfect treat to start the day, perk up an afternoon snack or to garnish a gourmet meal. Oranges are my favorite fruit, and if I didn't see another one until next winter, I'd be OK with that. This is an orange that knows exactly who it is and does not apologize. The powerful citron scent was a promising start, but it gave way to segments with very little flavor, a riot of seeds, and lots of webby pith. Oranges are ideal for their juice. What a weird, pointy little fruit, and a welcome break to the monotony of orange orbs. In fact Americans love orange juice from Florida so much the growers only export … MyRecipes may receive compensation for some links to products and services on this website. Oranges—or at least what I'm classifying as oranges here—vary wildly in flavor and juiciness, even if they're of the same cultivar in the same year and from the same orchard. The fruit inside was sunny and full, juicy, with very little tartness and a distinctive honeyed sweetness. A perfectly adequate mandarin. If I'd not eaten one billion honey tangerines in service of this experiment, I'd probably be more impressed but as it stands, I'll stick to whiffing. If you're looking for a simple recipe to simplify your weeknight, you've come to the right place--easy dinners are our specialty. There was a curious little nipple at the top of this orange, but not much more set it apart from the pack. Juicy, full segments, an ideal pocket orange. They're only available for a brief time each year, so if you've gotta get your fix, I get it, but if you truly care about cara cara, you can hold out for better. This may be just a me thing, but if I can buy a stem-on orange, I do. A little bitter. © Copyright 2020 Meredith Corporation. Valencia Oranges: Temple Tangerines and/or Temples & Rubys: From $30.95 From $29.95 From $29.95 Zipper skins and fun to eat Spring Classic. A good orange tastes of the sun and sky. The peel clung tightly to a ruby interior that I could easily be convinced was that of a grapefruit. The peel was a beast and needed to be nicked with a knife to come away, but it ripped away with no pith and contained extremely juicy (no shock) fruit that was too bitter and acidic to pick up and eat, but might likely rock in a smoothie or tempered with another fruit in a drink. There's a pleasing array of segment sizes within this tough-peeling navel, and they all seemed to pop with the most ideal sweet-tart balance that I encountered in this orange-eating odyssey. Everybody understands the stuggle of getting dinner on the table after a long day. It would have been less of a disappointment had the initial bite not delighted me, but my pleasure plopped straight off a cliff after a few seconds. I tried a second from another location a couple weeks later because I wanted to give the benefit of the doubt and I was equally disappointed.