Q. Where are oranges grown in Australia?
A. The industry’s largest growing areas are in the Riverland of South Australia, the Riverina in NSW and the Sunraysia districts along the Murray Valley as well as the Central Burnett region in Queensland. For more information, please click here.
Q. What orange varieties are available here?
A. Navels are one of the biggest orange varieties followed by valencias. Oranges are available year round. For more information,
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Q. What is the best way of storing oranges?
A. Oranges can be stored at room temperature, in the refrigerator without plastic bags or in the crisper drawer for up to two weeks. They do not ripen further after harvest. Freeze or refrigerate freshly squeezed orange juice or grated peel or zest but do not freeze whole citrus fruits. For more information, please click here.
Q. What is the difference between navels and valencias?
A. Navels are seedless oranges that have thick, pebbly skins and very sweet juicy flesh whereas valencies are nearly seedless and have a thin and slightly pebbly rind. Navels are available during the winter months and valencias come into season during our summer. For more information, please click here.
Q. Why do valencias have a green tinge?
A. All orange varieties go through the re-greening process however, Australian Valencia oranges are more obviously green because they are the only orange variety grown in Australia at the height of summer. In fact, the greener the skin, the sweeter and juicier the Australian Valencia orange is on the inside. It’s an indication that is has been left on the tree to absorb the energy of the sun and ripen naturally to its full potential.
Q. Are oranges only rich in Vitamin C?
A. Oranges are renowned for their Vitamin C content and other great nutritional properties of Australian oranges are often forgotten about. Generally, citrus fruits have the highest antioxidant activity of all fruits, helping to boost the immune system and protect against cancer and heart disease. For more information on nutrition, please click here.