But it also features the arrival of its juiciest variety of orange.
|That's quite a bumper crop!|
Valencia oranges owe their name to a region of Spain,
Ironically of which, however, this variety of oranges are not grown.
Why then the name?
Early boosters of the Florida citrus industry were probably look for a way to add Old-World gravitas to their burgeoning crop. To be certain, as an eating orange they are a pretty hard sell: they have a thin skin that's hard to peel and lots of seeds within.
|Valencia's are the last orange crop of the season|
The upshot is they are great for juicing.
Nothing better than a cup of fresh-squeezed Valencia orange juice for quenching one's thirst during the increasingly hotter and drought-stricken days of the dry season's final weeks.
And enjoy them while they last!
Spring marks the final stretch for Florida's citrus season.