How to Pick the Right Oranges?

I learned a few tricks during my raw food journey when shopping for citrus that I’d like to share with you.

It is always frustrating to buy fruit that isn’t juicy or sweet.

I’ll keep this article short on purpose, so you can focus on the important things.

The prime citrus season in the northern hemisphere is November through March (always the cooler months).

Citrus fruits (oranges, grapefruits, lemons, etc.) should feel heavy for their size; this is a sign of juice. The smooth, thinner-skinned ones are the juiciest.

The colour of oranges is not a good indicator of quality; some oranges are dyed and some fully ripened oranges, such as the Valencia, may regreen.

Brown surface patches do not mean the orange is unripe or spoiled, but rather that it was grown in a very warm and usually humid region.

Tangerines should feel just a bit loose in their skins but not pulpy around the ends.

Grapefruits are sometimes sun speckled, a sign of extra sweetness.

Smell the pomelos; it should have a faint, sweet fragrance at room temperature.

Keep these tips in mind next time you go shopping!

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4 Responses

  1. Pete Rogers says:

    Excellent post Ariel, as always!

  2. Thanks…just what I needed to know before heading for fruits shopping.

  3. Mohana Senthil Kumar says:

    Thanks for the tips ????

  4. Joseph Drach says:

    Oranges should be firm AND heavy for there size.Firmness comes from being filled fully with juice/pulp.If they rattle. around away fro.m the skin,they do so because they have started to shrivel inside.Also reject mushy oranges because they might be spoiled.