Oranges are one of the most popular fruits around the world. We like them as snacks, as a recipe ingredient, and as juices, which many people associate with good health.
As we all know, oranges are famously known for their health benefits and soaring vitamin C content. They contain natural flu-fighting properties, which may help in fending off nasty colds. They are high in energy-dense properties and are also known to assist in weight control, maintaining healthy blood pressure levels and a healthy heart.
Asia’s demand for Australian oranges remains strong with Navel as the predominant orange to export for its popular eating variety. Navel oranges are usually seedless, easy to peel, skin, very sweet juicy flesh, and a small protrusion at one end that resembles a human navel (hence the name of this variety).
“Australian oranges are lovingly and carefully grown and we are proud to share Australia’s best produce with Filipinos. We encourage consumers to taste this vibrant fruit at major supermarket chains across Manila. Oranges aren’t just for snacking: their versatility means they can be added to your savory and sweet recipes,” said David Daniels, market access manager at Citrus Australia.
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To allow consumers to take advantage of these much-loved seasonal sensations, which will be available from now until October, Hort Innovation hosted a launch event under the Taste Australia banner on July 24 at Hilton Manila to feature these Australian oranges, as well as to cement exiting trade relations and develop new and exciting partnerships.
“The Philippines is one of Australia’s top 10 export markets for Navel oranges, with over 5,000 tons exported every year. This is the second year of the Taste Australia campaign running in the Philippines. We are really pleased to share our Navel oranges with Filipino consumers,” said Dianne Phan, head of Trade of Hort Innovation.
Did you know?
The first Australian citrus trees were planted in the late 1700s. Today, 2,000 growers annually produce 600,000 tons of high-quality citrus fruit with oranges being the most produced citrus variety.
Australia’s diverse climate and pristine natural environment provides quality conditions needed to produce high-quality oranges. Southeast Australia is the major growing region – the Murray Valley of Victoria, the Riverina of New South Wales, and the Riverland of South Australia.
An orange tree grafted onto rootstock may take three years to begin producing fruit, whilst a tree grown from seed can take up to 15 years. Initially, a navel orange tree may produce as little as 9 kilograms of fruit, however, when it is mature, this may increase to 180 kilograms per tree.
Australian navel oranges are incredibly versatile, making them the perfect anytime snack or addition to sweet or savory dishes. Oranges are a great alternative to a quick fix sugary drink or a chocolate bar as they contain carbohydrates and B vitamins.
How to select, store oranges at home
Make sure to select fruit that has bright orange skin, is firm, and feels heavy for its size. Avoid dry, wrinkled, or softer-looking oranges as they do not ripen further after harvest.
Oranges can be stored for up to two weeks at room temperature, and longer when refrigerated. Store oranges unwashed as moisture on the skin can lead to mold. Either peel or wash oranges in cool water before slicing. If cutting, use a clean cutting board to prevent cross-contamination. Do not freeze oranges or store them below 3 degrees Celsius.