Taste of the Season
Going back over 200 years ago, Navel Orange variety was a result from a mutation of the fruit, that caused 2 oranges to be produced within a single piece. The second piece develops under the fruit (opposite from the stem), and is the reason the fruit is seedless. The name Navel, derives from the similarity between the fruit and human’s navel.
The taste of Navel oranges is outstanding. They are neither too tart nor sweet. Navel oranges are easy to peel and segment, bursting with delicious citrus flavor, perfect for eating fresh as well as juicing. You can also use Navel oranges in salad, baked goods, or making jam.
Harvest Your Navel Oranges
Navel oranges are Kin’s favorite due to their top-notch taste and freshness during this season. When you are selecting Navel oranges from our stores, be sure to choose those with weight that appropriate for their sizes. The weight is simply an indicator of juice content in the orange. The oranges should be firm without any soft spot (bruises).
We carry several varieties of Navel oranges across our 28 stores. These include regular Navel oranges, Blue Jay Navel oranges, Heirloom Navel oranges, and Cara Cara Navel oranges. At this moment, all of our Navel oranges are from California.
Heirloom and Cara Cara Navel Oranges
Setting aside the fact that they are all Navel oranges, Heirloom and Cara Cara Navel oranges are quite distinct from the rest.
Heirloom Navel Oranges
They are the original “old line” Washington Navel oranges. The oranges are grown using specific farming practices differentiating them from the rest of Navels. Heirloom Navel’s season is very limited, usually you can see them in stores from December up to April. Grab them from our stores while quantities last. They have less acidic taste and much sweeter than the regular Navel oranges.
Cara Cara Navel Oranges
Unlike Blood Oranges, the flesh of Cara Cara oranges is pink. They are seedless, flavorful, and extremely juicy. Cara Cara oranges are richer in Vitamin C and A comparing to other oranges. The peel of Cara Cara clings to the flesh, some people find Cara Cara to be a little more difficult to peel.
Celebrating The Navel Season
Throughout January, find recipes, tips, and things you can do with Navel Oranges, our Featured Product of the Month.