The Fruit

Juicy and refreshing Jaffa oranges are available all year around.

There are two main varieties of oranges: Navels and Valencias.

Seasonal specialties include Blood oranges (AKA Jaffa Reds!) and Cambria oranges (a type of Navel orange)

Health

Eating a Jaffa orange counts as one of your 5-a-day.

Jaffa citrus contains huge amounts of vitamin C (100% of your RDA).

On average, there are 62 calories per orange and they provide efficient nutrients.

As well as vitamin C they contain numerous nutrients including calcium, potassium and folic acid, all protecting the body against a range of diseases.

With a low GI value Jaffa citrus help you stay fuller for longer by releasing sugars slowly into the bloodstream.

Oranges are high in fibre.

Did you know?

If you are eating an orange that have absolutely no seeds, it is probably a navel.

When selecting oranges at the supermarket you should choose oranges that are that firm and heavy for their size. The heaviness of the orange is an indication that the fruit is full of juice. Avoid oranges that have soft spots; oranges with these tend to be at the end of their shelf life.

Oranges can be kept at room temperature for a week or so, but keep well for up to two weeks in the fruit/vegetable compartment of refrigerator.

Early season fruit, especially navels and satsumas, tend to have a more yellow colour.

Valencia oranges

Valencias are the original juicing oranges and perhaps the most popular oranges around the world.

They are very sweet, have very few pips, and their skins are smooth and thing.

Look out for:

Valencia are available all year round and at their best between July and September, and also March to May.

Navel oranges

Navel oranges can be easily identified by the navel-like bulge at one end, which contains a tiny, baby fruit. They’re considered to be the finest orange for eating. Sweet, juicy and seedless, Navels are the easiest to peel and segment.

Cambria oranges, a type of Navel, are grown in South Africa. They’re very juicy and sweet, and are great for kids as they’re virtually seedless. This very special variety of Jaffa orange is only available for a short time during August and September, so be quick!

Look out for:

Cambria oranges during the summer months.

Jaffa easy peelers are available all year round.

Health

As in oranges, easy peelers are very low in calories.

They are valuable sources of flavoniod anti oxidants like vitamin A, carotenes and luteins.

Eating two easy peelers gives you on of your 5 a day portions.

In addition, easy peelers are very rich sources of vitamin C.

Furthermore, they contain natural soluble and insoluble fibre which prevents cholesterol absorption in the gut. Adequate fibre in food also helps maintain healthy bowel movement.

Did you know?

The main ‘tangerine’ originates from Tangier, Morocco which was the part from which the very first batch of tangerine fruits were shipped to Europe.

The oil from the skin of tangerines is a signature ingredient in several orange liquors.

easy peelers

Jaffa select varieties of easy peelers include:

Orri – the sweetest of the easy peelers, available from February to May, and between August and September too.

Mandalate – has a distinct citrusy flavour, available in May.

Clemendor – with a delicious sweet flavour and lovely aroma. They’re available in July and August.

Minneola – on shelves in August and September and again in January

Health

Eating a Jaffa orange counts as one of your 5-a-day.

Jaffa citrus contains huge amounts of vitamin C (100% of your RDA).

On average, there are 62 calories per orange and they provide efficient nutrients.

As well as vitamin C they contain numerous nutrients including calcium, potassium and folic acid, all protecting the body against a range of diseases.

With a low GI value Jaffa citrus help you stay fuller for longer by releasing sugars slowly into the bloodstream.

Oranges are high in fibre.

Did you know?

Blood or “red” oranges for Jaffa are grown in Sicily. They are typically small and very sweet with a soft flesh which is juicy and pigmented.

The flesh develops its characteristic maroon colour when the fruit develops with high day time temperatures and low temperatures during the night. Sometimes there is dark colouring on the exterior of the rind as well, depending on the variety.

Pigmented oranges have a very short season as it is the marked difference between day and night time temperatures which gives them their distinctive colour and this only tends to occur between January and March.

Blood Oranges

Although these may look like ordinary oranges from the outside, they are altogether a much more exquisite fruit, and for good reason too.

All oranges contain carotene-that’s what makes them orange. Jaffa Reds get their red colour from high concentrations of a pigment called anthoyanin, a powerful antioxidant that neutralises the effects of free radicals.

Jaffa Reds are grown in Sicily, which has been producing blood oranges since 800AD. The fertile land and climate found in Sicily provide the unique conditions needed to grow these richly flavoured and coloured “red rubies of the Mediterranean”

Look out for:

Jaffa Reds in store from January to March.

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