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Florida Orange Season 2012

Florida Orange Season 2012

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The Orange Season In Florida
When one thinks of a crop associated with the state of Florida, oranges often cometo mind. In fact, the Florida Department of Citrus states that Florida orangesaccount for over 80 percent of the orange juice production in the USA. Due inlarge part to its temperate climate, the state is ideal for growing many varieties of oranges and provides for an almost year-round harvest. The Florida orange seasonstretches from October through June, with only the sweltering summer months of July, August, and September not producing a harvest. The season can be further  broken down into three basic periods, each yielding a distinct variety of fruit.
Early Season Oranges
 
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.
Mid-Season Oranges
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.
 
Valencia’s
are usually seedless, and are valued for both the quantity and quality of their juice.
Honey bells
The honey bell orange is a citrus fruit with an exceptionally sweet flavor and alarge amount of juice. The peel has a brilliant orange color and is easy to remove.While honey bell orange sections are sometimes added to salads, the fruit is mostcommonly eaten immediately after peeling. In the US, the honey bell orange iswidely grown in Florida.However, the honey bell orange is not really an orange at all, but a tangelo. It is just one small part of the long and intricate lineage of citrus plants, which startedfrom early ancestors in the jungles of Southeast Asia at some remote and uncertain period of prehistory. The name honey bell is a reference to the two most obviouscharacteristics of the fruit, its shape and its taste. The distinctive bell shape is theresult of the thickening of the peel that occurs immediately below the stem. Theflavor is sweet and not as acidic as that of some other citrus fruits, which meansthat the stinging of the lips that is experienced with some oranges probably will notoccur with honey bells.The type of honey bell orange or tangelo that is commonly marketed today is theMineola tangelo, sometimes spelled Minneola. It is a cross between a Darcytangerine and a Duncan grapefruit.The honey bell is harvested in late January. The size of the crop is highly variableaccording to the weather, and the demand often exceeds the supply. Buyers placetheir orders well in advance, knowing that if the weather in unfavorable, they maystill be disappointed.

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