Citrus Specialties

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 customers.

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