Ultimate Oranges are back, just in time for cold and flu season.
These perfectly ripe, juicy, succulent oranges are chock full of vitamin C, which helps ward off colds at the peak of the sickness season.
Navel oranges from California are known for their large size, their sweet flavor and their juiciness. Navel oranges are known from the way the skin puckers into the shape of a belly button. They are known for being easy to peel and easy to segment, and they are great for snacking, for salads, for relishes, for marmalades or for fruit trays.
The history of the navel orange heralds back to the early 1800s.
In 1820, monks grew these oranges in a monastery garden in Bahai, Brazil. They sent a dozen of the trees to the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C. in 1870.
In 1873, Mrs. Eliza Tibbetts of Riverside, California wrote to the U.S.D.A. requesting two of the new Navel orange trees, and she planted them in sunny California.
The Bahia Navel was renamed the Riverside Navel, but it was renamed again the Washington Navel after George Washington for a more national appeal. All new varieties of navel oranges can trace their roots back to the Washington Navel in the United States.