Late Season Texas Oranges
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Citrus fruit in Texas is grown nearly all throughout the year, and there are some orange varieties that mature as late as January and are sold through the month of May.
These Texas citrus varieties, incidentally, are among some of the more popular oranges in the United States if not the world. Other late season citrus types grown in Texas include tangerines, which are popular for gifts during the holiday season.
Although many associate oranges with warm weather, and these individuals are not at all off base, the Valencia orange is found in Texas citrus-producing regions well into the winter season. The Valencia, of course, is not grown exclusively in Texas citrus groves, but is one of the more popular citrus varieties in the world.
It generally does not produce in numbers as large as oranges that mature earlier in the season, but it is a good seller specifically because it is available through the North American spring and is also seedless.
One particular type of Valencia orange is the Olinda, a Texas citrus variety more commonly encountered than other instances of the Valencia orange. Even though these oranges are grown in Texas well into January, they are produced at a much lower volume than other varieties specifically because they are at a greater risk for freezing than those oranges grown earlier in the season.
Tangerines, particularly the Clementine tangerine, are also found throughout the winter months, and they are popular during the holiday season for recipes and gifts. Tangerines, also known as Mandarin oranges, are generally more cold hardy than other, larger types of oranges. Numbers for this Texas citrus crop are generally lower than in other citrus-growing regions, but the state still produces a hefty quantity of tangerines, which appeal to a large number of people due to their loose skin and small size.
Even when it may seem like getting your hands,or more importantly, your teeth, around a fresh orange is downright impossible given the time of year, it's a good idea to keep in mind how late in the season the Texas citrus crop is still producing. Be it a Valencia orange or a Clementine tangerine, having a fresh citrus fruit in your hands when it's cold outside is not completely out of the question. Many of these varieties ,the tangerines in particular,reach the height of their popularity during the winter, and Texas citrus fruit, if only slightly less plentiful during the winter, is available fresh during most times of the year.