Discover the “Navel” oranges

There is a great variety of oranges: for dessert, for juice, blood oranges, navel… We could write a single post just mentioning all the types of oranges that are marketed. But today, we want to focus on navel oranges, more commonly known as Navel.

Navel has this name because as you can see in the next picture, at the bottom of the orange has a protuberance that looks very much like the shape of the navel. And now that you know why they are called that way we will explain their origin and the types of oranges that exist.

 

The origin of Navel oranges

Many consumers think that these oranges are originally from Spain. Although they are currently grown in Spain, we must travel to the Brazilian state of Bahia to discover their origin. There, in the 19th century, it caught the attention of the American government installed in Bahia for its rather peculiar aspect with its navel shape and its very characteristic taste, and they took this orange variety to California to grow it there.

As it could not be otherwise, the plant was brought from California to Valencia becoming this type of Navel oranges one of the most cultivated varieties in the city. Its intense colour and its high-quality flavour are an attraction for many people and, the experts, assure that it is the perfect variety for obtaining the best orange juice.

The best-known varieties of Navel oranges:

  • Washington Navel: is the best-known variety and the most commercialized. This type of Navel orange is easy to peel, has an intense colour and a very sweet flavour. It is also common to see it in the shop during several months as it is harvested from November to May.
  • Barnfield Late Navel: it stands out for being a big and rounded shape orange. The level of nectar is very high, so it is an ideal variety to make rich orange juices.
  • Navelate: this type of orange was first grown in Vinaroz (Castellón) in 1948 and since then, it has been commercialised in the markets. Navel Navelate oranges are considered to be of high quality, have no seeds and are very suitable for making juices.

As you can see, the great characteristic of this type of orange is that it has a very particular flavour and is ideal for making natural juice, as it produces a lot of high-quality nectar. It is also excellent for making homemade desserts with natural orange juice.

All our squeezers for Horeca, Retail and Vending can squeeze this type of oranges, contact us to know all the details. Or, if you want to introduce a compact juicer in your office to offer your workers natural juice, please contact us through this link.

There is a wide variety of oranges: sweet, table, for juice, white, blood, navel… We could write a post just by mentioning the types of oranges that are marketed on the market. But today, we want to focus on navel oranges, more commonly known as Navel.

Navel’s Navel in English and has this name because as you can see in the next photo, on the the bottom of the orange has a lump that looks a lot like the shape of the navel. And now that you know why they’re called that, here’s how they originate and the types of oranges that exist.

 

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