Oranges have long been considered a symbol of good luck and prosperity as they are round and "golden" in color, symbolizing fullness and wealth. That’s why, during Chinese New Year, oranges are exchanged among families and friends as well as displayed as decorations. To celebrate Chinese New Year this month, we take a look at common varieties of oranges around the world.
- Valencia oranges were named after Valencia, Spain. They have thin skins, a few seeds, and are juicy. Available from March up until June, Valencia oranges are perfect for juice and great to eat.
- Navel oranges get its name from its dimple on one end that resembles a human navel. They have thick skins and are sweet and seedless. Navel oranges are more bitter than other oranges, so they are better eaten fresh rather than juiced. In the USA, navel oranges are available from November to April, with peak supplies in January, February, and March.
- Blood oranges are originally from Italy. They have deep red colour on the inside and sometimes a bit of red on their skins. Due to their vibrant colour, Blood oranges are popular as a gorgeous garnish on cakes and desserts.
- Tangerines get its name from Tangier, Morocco. They are smaller in size and sweeter than the typical orange. They also have softer and thinner skins, making them easier to peel. Tangerines are great for snack.
- Mandarin oranges are a type of tangerine variety that is small and sweet. They have a growing season from January to May. Considered native to the tropical and sub-tropical regions of Asia such as southern Asia and the Philippines, Mandarin oranges are usually eaten plain or in the fruit salads.
- Clementine oranges are small and sweet in flavor. First named in 1902 in Algeria, they have a thin and glossy skin and an oval shape. Having a growing season between November to January, Clementine oranges are seedless and perfect for snacks.
- Hamlin oranges are mainly grown in Florida, USA. They have a thin skin and are seedless or contain a number of small seeds. Hamlin oranges are very sweet and juicy, making them perfect for juicing.
- Jaffa oranges are sweet and juicy and contains very few seeds. They were named due to their origin in Jaffa, Israel. Also known as ‘Shamouti’, Jaffa oranges are grown in the Middle East.