Navel Orange

Navel oranges are characterized by the growth of a second fruit at the apex, which protrudes slightly and resembles a human navel. They are primarily used for eating, as the skin is thicker and easier to peel than a common orange. They are very popular and have a long growing season; in the United States, they are available from November through April, with peak supplies in January, February and March.

Minneaola or Tangelo

The tangelo is also widely known as the honeybell. Tangelo is a citrus fruit that is a hybrid of a tangerine and either a pomelo or a grapefruit. The fruits are the size of an adult fist and have a tangerine taste, but are very juicy, to the point of not providing much flesh but producing excellent and plentiful juice. Tangelos generally have loose skin and are easier to peel than oranges. They are easily distinguished from oranges by a characteristic bell shape.

Honey Tangerine

Tangerines have been cultivated for over 3,000 years in China. Honey tangerines are the most widely grown tangerine, are easily peeled, much like a Satsuma mandarin, but have more flavor and grow true from the seeds.

Blood Orange

Blood oranges, which are very widely grown in Spain and Italy (as “sangüina” or “sanguigna”, respectively) are characterized by dark red pigmentation. They are considered, in general, the most delicious juice orange.