If the cold, gray winter goes on too long, citrus fruits from the south can at least make our mood sunny! And at the top of our list are oranges, one of the most widely grown fruits. There are more than 400 different varieties worldwide! They differ in shape, thickness of the rind, color of the pulp, taste, juice, and seed content, as well as harvest time.
Early varieties - such as the seedless navel oranges with their typical navel - ripen before December. From December to March, varieties such as pineapple or midsweet, as well as most blood oranges, follow. One of the most well-known late-ripening fruits is the Valencia orange, which doesn’t mature until mid-March.
Good to know
According to a U.S. study, organically grown oranges contain up to 30 percent more vitamin C than conventionally produced oranges. One possible reason for this could be the lack of easily soluble nitrogen fertilizers. When there is a lot of nitrogen, the plants store more water and thus dilute the nutrient content.
*amount of sugar depends on variety and ripeness
**The value of 'fructose total' composes of the pure fructose and 1/2 of the sucrose.
source: BZfE, aid.de