ORANGE

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Product features and area of production

The orange tree belongs to the single genus Citrus which is almost entirely interfertile. The orange is in fact a hybrid between pomelo and mandarin (collegamento ipertestuale). Moreover, all the common oranges, also called sweet oranges, commercialized in the agribusiness are mutations of the original “bitter orange”.

Like most citrus plants, oranges do well under moderate temperatures—between 15.5 and 29 °C and require considerable amounts of sunshine and water. Another significant element in the full development of the fruit is the temperature variation between summer and winter and between day and night. For these reasons the Mediterranean areas (the south of Italy and Spain) are perfect for this cultivation.

Sweet oranges grow in a range of different sizes, and shapes varying from spherical to oblong.
Inside and attached to the rind is a porous white tissue, the white, bitter mesocarp or “albedo”. The orange contains a number of distinct carpels inside, each delimited by a membrane, and containing many juice-filled vesicles and usually a few seeds.

When unripe, the fruit is green, whereas the grainy irregular rind of the ripe fruit can range from bright orange to yellow-orange and also red-spotted in some varieties. The Citrus sinensis group is subdivided into four classes with distinct characteristics: common oranges, blood or pigmented oranges, navel oranges and acidless oranges.

 

Varieties and availability

We commercialize all the indicated classes of oranges so our availability is wide and lasts from October till the beginning of June with our productions both from Italy and Spain.

We start with Navelina and blonde orange of Calabria, then begin Tarocco and Moro (historically discovered and cultivated at first in Sicily and Spain). Other mid or late varieties we commercialize are Washington Navel, Lanelate and Valencia and Ovale

 

Packaging

The boxes available are in cardboard, wooden and RPC and the size of packaging and the articles’ calibres are many.

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