Oranges are one of the most loved fruits throughout the world. Oranges are a part of many dishes, may it be desserts or salads, and even main course in small amounts as flavouring agents, oranges are present everywhere. We just get to see two to three varieties of oranges throughout our life but there exist many other varieties of oranges each with a different taste. Here is a quick guide to different types of oranges you must know about!
Seville oranges are primarily used to make marmalade and are also used in salad dressings, cocktails, and cooking as they are sour. They are small in size and have a short season from December to January.
Hamlins are a cold tolerant variety of oranges that are sweet and grown in Florida. Their rind is thin andis juicy and seedless which makes them a great variety for juices.
Jaffa Oranges have thick skins and are juicy and sweet. They contains very few seeds and this variety is named so as it was originated in Jaffa, a city in Israel. It is not cultivated anywhere outside Israel.
Cara Cara Oranges
Cara Cara oranges are a variety of Naval oranges as they look very much similar to them. The inside of it is different as it has a pinkish red color. Cara Cara oranges can be consumed raw but they might taste better when used in salads because of their bitter taste. They grow in the months December to April.
Bahianinha oranges has a smaller and thinner rind as compared to the Navel variety of oranges. It is dimpled and quite easy to peel. The orange pulp has a sweet flavor. Also, it is seedless which makes it a popular variety of orange.
Valencia oranges are the oranges that are used in orange juices. They can also be eaten raw as they have a sweet flavour. These oranges have thin skins and are very juicy with very few seeds. The name ‘Valencia’ was named after the Spanish city of Valencia, which remains it native place of growth. They are available in the season from February to October.
Navel Oranges are the most common variety of oranges found in the United States. They are seedless and taste sweet having a thick skin. They are different from other varieties as they have a characteristic dimple on both the ends which resembles a human navel.
Satsuma oranges are small mandarin oranges that are easy to peel. They are a hard variety of citrus fruits and are grown in the Gulf Coast in the United States. They remain in the season from October to January.
Mandarin oranges are a type of tangerine variety that has a mild sweet flavourand are small in size. They are grown in the months from January to May. They are usually sold in cans and jars.
Clementine Oranges are small oranges having a sweet taste. They are perfect for quick bites as they are seedless. They are also often used in fruit displays and decorations. They have a growing season from November to January.
Pera is a popular variety of oranges from Brazil having a rough texture and light orange color. They are quite difficult to eat because they are firm. It lacks richness of those typical orange family although the juice is plentiful. It is a small, oval fruit having ten segments.
Bergamot Oranges are a rare variety of oranges that is bitter. They are used for making fragrant oil in perfumery as they cannot be eaten raw. This variety is inedible, but its peel can be used to make marmalade and candy after grinding it. The peel is highly-scented due to which only a small amount is enough to flavour confections and puddings.
Bigaradier Apepu Oranges
BigaradierApepu has a medium and thick orange rind with twelve segments. Its flavor is like a combination of lime and orange, a bit of sweet and sour. This variety of oranges has a lot many seeds.
Bittersweet Daidai Oranges
Bittersweet Daidai is a Spanish variety of sour flavoured orange. This fruit is bitter and acidic, which makes it difficult to be consumed raw or in salads. It is mainly used to make marmalades, essential oils, flavouring extracts, juices and perfumes. The acid and pectin levels in it make it an ideal item for preserving other food products.
Chinotto oranges have a golden orange rind with dark orange flesh. It is one such variety which is used in the making of candies. These fruits grow in huge clusters and have many large seeds in it.