Chris Parisi’s Pick of The Week

Chris Parisi’s Pick of The Week

Australian Grown Navel Oranges

If you’ve eaten an orange lately, the chances are high that it may have been a navel orange! Navel oranges are the most popular eating oranges in the world. Crisp, sweet, juicy, easy to peel and seedless, what’s not to love?!

Whilst a lot of them are grown here in Australia, they actually originated from Brazil, and the origin story over time has become a bit confused, with many different stories being told by Brazilian orange farmers. A common detail across all the tellings is that it is likely they originated as a mutation of a laranja selecta orange tree around the year 1820. It gets its name from the rare second fruit that sometimes grows at the apex of the main fruit. If you are thinking it sounds like a body part, that’s because it was named after one, due to its resemblance to one. The small little second fruit resembles a human navel, giving it the name ‘umbido de Selecta’ in Brazilian, in other words, ‘navel.’

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