Veggie Unearthed: Navel Oranges
Your Navel Oranges came to us from Butrico Groves in Mims, FL — Less than 100 miles of most our customers’ homes.
Navel Oranges ripen just about the time we are starting to think about Thanksgiving. This variety of citrus is sweet and great for peeling or slicing up and snacking. But don’t be afriad to mix it up a little by creating salads, cakes, and smoothies with your navels.
How do you know if a navel is ripe? A deeply orange colored navel is certainly pretty, but the color is not an indicator of how ripe or sweet the orange will be. In fact, navels can be green on the outside but perfectly ripe inside. The cold night air that we see in late November is what changes the navel from green to orange.
If you are going to use your oranges within a few days of delivery, you may store them at room temperature on your countertops. However, if you would like to maximize their shelf-life, place in the refrigerator. For best results, do not place them in a plastic bag because this will trap in moisture and cause mold to grow.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!