SATSUMA MANDARINS . . . The first mandarin of the|
season. The Satsuma peels and
segments easily. The exterior will
display a light orange or perhaps
a tinge of green, but the interior will
be bright orange. The Satsuma is
pebbly in texture and varies in shape from flat to necked. Satsumas have a mild sweet flavor, are full
of juice and have virtually no seeds. All supplies are grown and shipped here in the Central Valley.
MINNEOLA TANGELOS . . . Minneolas are easily identified by the knob-like
formation at the|
stern end. This fruit tends to grow
large in size and display a deep red
orange exterior color.
They have a
delicious tart-sweet flavor. Minneolas
have a smooth to slightly pebbled texture, peel very easily and
have few seeds, if any.
OROBLANCOS . . . Oroblancos are a cross between|
a white grapefruit and an acidless
pummelo. Early in the season, they can
be identified by their bright
green exterior. With this variety,
green is good. As the season
progresses, green fades into
golden-yellow. In either case, the Oroblanco is ripe,
sweet and ready to eat. Oroblancos are as big or bigger than a medium sized grapefruit. The most notable
characteristic of the Oroblanco is the flavor. It eats sweet and lacks the bitterness associated with grapefruit.
You could say that this is a grapefruit with the sugar already added.
MORO ORANGES . . . Moro oranges generally have a deep maroon interior color and an orange exterior
with a red blush. The have a distinctive flavor described as a rich orange taste with overtones of raspberries. They tend to be small
in size, fairly easy to|
peel and have few seeds. The "Moro" is
by far the most popular blood orange.
Moro's have excellent
color and thrive
in the sunny San Joaquin Valley.
PUMMELOS . . . Sometimes referred to as a "shaddock" or "Chinese grapefruit",
pummelos are botanically known as Citrus grandis and are the largest citrus fruit. Pummelos closely resemble grapefruit. They grow to be as big
or bigger than a grapefruit and will generally be round or pear-shaped. Their flesh is firm and they have|
a thick, yet smooth, green-to-yellow
skin (in this case, green is good).
Pummelos commonly have 16 to
18 segments, while most grapefruit
have only 12. Their interior color will
vary from white to deep pink. The taste of the pummelo
is unique and refreshing, sweeter and less acidic than grapefruit.
CARA CARA NAVEL . . . Cara cara navels are the newest of the specialty family. This navel
orange has a deep orange exterior with sweet juicy fruit. The meat has a light pink to dark pink interior, much lighter than a moro orange.
The cara cara is grown in the|
San Joaquin Valley in the heart of the
citrus belt and has become one of
the newest favorites for specialty