The first harvest of the Florida orange season occurs between October and January, prior to the winter freezes. According to the Sarasota County Extension, earlyseason juice varieties include the Hamlin and the Parson Brown. The preferredHamlin is a medium-sized orange yielding a juice that is sweet, yet pale in color.Amber sweet and Navel oranges, normally grown as eating oranges rather than for juice, are also ready during the early season.
December heralds the beginning of the middle portion of the Florida orange seasonwith the arrival of the Pineapple and Sun star oranges. The Pineapple is lesstolerant of cold and therefore must be promptly harvested before a freeze. The Sunstar has a vibrant orange color and a rich, full flavor. Early February brings theripening of the Mid sweet and Gardner varieties
Late Season Oranges
The season concludes with the Valencia orange, which is typically harvested fromMarch through June. The Valencia remains the undisputed king of the Floridaorange season, accounting for approximately 50 percent of the overall harvest.