Nothing says summer like the refreshing, citrusy taste of oranges. With warm weather finally rolling in, it’s time to stock up on these seasonal must-haves—for drinks, desserts, and on-the-go snacks.
That said, if you don’t know what a Cara Cara or a Blood Orange is, you might find yourself sticking with the familiar standbys. Expand your orange horizons with this guide to some of the most popular varieties in the U.S. Your new knowledge could even help you gain points with your patrons.
These are small oranges with a glossy, smooth texture to their skin. They’re easy to peel, seedless and sweet, making them perfect on-the-go snacks.
Also great for snacking, tangerines are slightly larger than Clementines with thicker, more withered-looking skin. They do have seeds, but they’re also juicier than most Clementines.
These oranges have a little surprise on the inside—a partially formed fruit located at their blossom end. From the outside, this looks like a human navel—hence the fruit’s name. Navels are perfect to eat due to their sweet and seedless nature.
These look like Navels, but their similarities are only skin deep. The inside of a Cara Cara is pinkish red, and its taste is far more bitter. You can eat them straight up, but they’re even better in a hearty salad.
This is the most well known type of orange, mainly because it’s the most common orange used in juice production. Valencia Oranges account for the majority of the United States’ citrus crop, including half of Florida’s total citrus production. However, its seeds and grainy texture make it less than ideal for eating.
One of the tartest types of oranges, Blood Oranges are small with thick skin and red interiors. They’re often used in baking, salad dressings, and even niche-market beer because of their tart and unique flavor.
DOLE® Orange Soft Serve:
Gotcha! This isn’t a fruit, but a soft serve made by the brand that does fruit best. Featuring a fresh-squeezed, citrusy orange flavor swirled in a cone or cup, it’s the perfect treat to satisfy patrons’ warm-weather cravings.
No matter how you incorporate the taste of oranges in your summer line-up, remember you have many delicious options—each with its own list of applications.