And no I’m not talking about The Geology of Florida by Randazzo and Jones, although I must admit it's a great read.
|Florida-grown Red Navel Oranges|
I’m talking about not judging an orange by its peel,
And more specifically – the many varieties of Florida oranges.
Florida oranges – its true – do not have California good looks, but trust me:
Those California varieties have a beauty that runs peel deep.
|Florida-grown Sunburst Tangerine|
In terms of variety, juiciness, and taste ...
It's Florida that's the Napa Valley among citrus connoisseurs.
Last I checked, you can’t eat the peel, but you can fresh squeeze out the juice on the inside ... by the glassful if it’s a Floridian, but only drop by drop for a Californian. I wasn't surprised to see the Honeybell Tangelo ake the prize as the “preferred” form of Florida citrus on the recent poll I posted on the journal – I am a big fan myself,
But I was disappointed to see the Dancy Tangerines not get a single vote.
|That's a lot of seeds!|
In season now are the Sunburst Tangerines. They are billed in the literature as “easy peelers with few seeds.” My hands-on research revealed the former to be true -- easy peeling indeed -- but as for the latter I was spitting out as many seeds as I was eating tangerine.
Total seed count was forty four!
|Florida citrus is good for what ails you.|
The price is right, too.
Never judge a Florida orange by the cover ...
Seed counting is a great way to hone your math!