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Jaffa oranges available anywhere?

atomeyes Mar 15, 2009 11:17 AM

Just wondering if anyone's seen Jaffa oranges for sale anywhere in the GTA.
I saw them a few years back at Longo's at Leslie and Don Mills (around this time of year) but I haven't seen them anywhere since.

They're incredibly sweet so I'd really love to find them.

  1. estufarian Mar 15, 2009 12:44 PM

    Jaffa oranges ripen in the late spring/early summer, so they should be back in a couple of months.

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    1. re: estufarian
      atomeyes Mar 16, 2009 03:23 PM

      any grocery stores you reckon that carry them?

    2. duckdown Mar 15, 2009 12:45 PM

      How about Mackinaw peaches?

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      1. re: duckdown
        ssainani Mar 16, 2009 05:13 PM

        the loblaws on Burnamthorpe and East Mall (my favourite loblaws in the city) had Jaffa Oranges today

        how are they different?

        1. re: ssainani
          atomeyes Mar 17, 2009 07:21 PM

          not sour, really sweet and juicy.

        2. re: duckdown
          Squeakycheese Apr 2, 2009 05:17 PM

          Ha! Isn't that what Kramer and Newman ate in Seinfeld? Is there really such a thing?

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            duckdown May 10, 2009 10:49 PM

            LOL yep.

            I don't know if they exist, but if they do, I want some :)

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          peppermint pate Mar 16, 2009 06:26 PM

          Harvest Wagon had them a couple of weeks ago.

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            ssainani Mar 18, 2009 10:04 AM

            based on this post i went to the above loblaws yesterday .... they did have them .... $1.29 a pound - i bought 2

            i've never tried an orange like this .... so mild and sweet -- almost like orangina!

            will go back tonight on the route home to buy more

            1. re: ssainani
              atomeyes Apr 2, 2009 07:19 PM

              which loblaws?
              the one on Millwood in East York doesn't have it.
              went to Fortino's at Leslie and York Mills. they sometimes carry them but they didn't have it.

              and ssainani - great to hear you like them. they also make insane juicing oranges. once you have a Jaffa orange, you won't eat any Florida oranges.

              1. re: atomeyes
                Helen Apr 7, 2009 09:02 AM

                went to Fortino's at Leslie and York Mills.?????

                Are you thinking of Longo's ?

                1. re: Helen
                  atomeyes Apr 7, 2009 10:34 AM

                  yep. meant Longo's

          2. Lazar Apr 2, 2009 03:16 PM

            Curious if these are still around. I went to a couple of grocery stores local to me (west end) and didn't seem to find them. Because I was in a rush at the time I didn't get a chance to ask anyone at the store.

            Will my search be fruitless (excuse the pun) if I start asking around at this time? And do I have to look at a specific locale in the city?

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            1. re: Lazar
              estufarian Apr 7, 2009 08:57 AM

              It's still VERY early in the season - some stores still haven't featured them - but they're now starting to appear all over. I've recently seen them at Food Basics - so no need to search 'gourmet' stores.
              BUT the early ones I've tried have been fairly acidic this year - not at all typical. I'm hoping it's because they really aren't fully ripe - and probably means the skin has been coloured!

            2. Squeakycheese Apr 2, 2009 05:18 PM

              Summerhill Market is probably a good bet

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              1. re: Squeakycheese
                JamieK Feb 17, 2010 08:41 AM

                Yes Summerhill has a good selection of different kinds of oranges and grapefruits but they only have the Jaffa mandarins, at least that's all I saw today.

              2. TorontoJo Apr 7, 2009 09:22 AM

                The Longo's at Leslie and York Mills has them -- I picked up a few over the weekend.

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                  pearlD Apr 7, 2009 02:18 PM

                  I bought some at Loblaws (Dupont & Christie) on Saturday...I hope they taste good..they are being used in a Cake tomorrow, mind you they will be combined with cranberries and white chocolate (How bad could that be eh??)

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                  cdavid May 10, 2009 06:00 PM

                  They're back! Wholesaler FPD East of Beaconsfield, Que., has re-introduced Israel's red grapefruit, mandarins and the classic shamouti or Jaffa orange to Quebec and Ontario. The 09 season is pretty well over, so you'll have to wait til December for the next batch, but the company sounds committed to renewing the brand in Canada after a long absence.

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                    Lazar May 10, 2009 10:05 PM

                    Maybe I didn't look hard enough, or ask enough staff, but I could not find Jaffa oranges anywhere. Will try again next year

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                      toveggiegirl May 11, 2009 07:29 AM

                      They had loads of these at Loblaws until last week. I saw some at No Frills a couple of days ago. Maybe they are clearing out whatever didn't sell Loblaws.

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                        Lazar May 11, 2009 08:30 AM

                        Which location?

                        1. re: Lazar
                          toveggiegirl May 11, 2009 10:49 AM

                          Bathurst & Wilson.
                          Call first. I don't want to send you on a wild goose chase.

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                            Lazar May 11, 2009 10:55 AM

                            Hey...I love a challenge....release the goose and let the chase commence!

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                    ekammin May 11, 2009 03:17 PM

                    It hardly qualifies as local food, but the best orange juice I've ever had was from freshly squeezed Jaffa oranges at a roadside stand in Safed, israel.

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                    1. re: ekammin
                      sig Feb 4, 2010 07:46 PM

                      This week I got a bag for 3.99 at Highland Farms on Dufferin! Juicy and Delicious! Get them B4 They are gone.

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                        atomeyes Feb 5, 2010 08:40 AM


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                          Tatai Feb 5, 2010 06:50 PM

                          I was in New Mexico recently and visited a Whole Foods there. They were selling boxes of Jaffa clementines! Couldn't buy any since I was flying out the next morning, but I'm wondering if anyone has seen Jaffa clementines here. i reckon they'd be really good.

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                            atomeyes Feb 6, 2010 05:04 AM

                            my parents live near the Highland Farms, so they picked a bag of Jaffa oranges up for me.
                            these are Jaffa mandarins - still very sweet and very tasty, but are relatively smaller than the "traditional" Jaffa oranges I recall (they are the size of regular juice oranges).

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                              Lazar Feb 8, 2010 06:55 AM

                              Picked some up this weekend....fantastic! If the mandarins are like this, I can't wait to try the Jaffa Oranges when they are available

                            2. re: Tatai
                              Helen Feb 16, 2010 11:39 AM

                              Gallati on Leslie has Jaffa clementines, just bought some

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                                Tatai Feb 16, 2010 04:54 PM

                                How do they compare to Moroccan clementines?

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                        lilaki Feb 18, 2010 02:37 PM

                        i don't know if the OP still wants this info ...but i just picked up a bag of jaffa oranges (from israel) at longos on ponytrail. they were $4.99 for the bag.

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                        1. re: lilaki
                          atomeyes Feb 18, 2010 02:47 PM

                          that's both good and bad news.
                          i live nowhere near Mississauga :(

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                            toveggiegirl Feb 18, 2010 05:28 PM

                            And I didn't see them at No Frills this year. :-( They seem harder to find this year.

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                              lilaki Feb 19, 2010 05:05 AM

                              are you near a longos??? maybe other locations will carry them.

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                            Vinnie Vidimangi Feb 19, 2010 07:17 AM

                            Hold on a bit. Where were these Jaffa oranges grown?

                            A Jaffa orange should mean a navel variety called Shamouti grown in Israel. Shamouti is a local strain . It does really well in Israel. However in the late 1800's some stock that wasn't quite the same got sent to Florida under the name Jaffa, where it is still grown. Then a few years ago, Israeli growers sold Shamouti budstock and the right to use the Jaffa name to growers in Spain.
                            Of course taste depends on "terroir" , and Shamouti did originate in Israel as a chance sport.. Whether the fruit was picked ripe earlier in the week for local market or two months before it was ripe for export makes a world of difference.

                            Further complicating things is that Jaffa is used now as a brand rather than as a name for an orange variety. There is no such thing as a Jaffa mandarin in the way that the English, of a certain age, understands a Jaffa orange.

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                            1. re: Vinnie Vidimangi
                              sherry f Feb 21, 2010 02:53 PM

                              My dentist in Etobicoke was handing them out this week. He told me he had bought them at the Metro at Lawrence and Weston road. They were promptly eaten in the car on the way home.

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                                atomeyes Feb 27, 2010 11:28 AM

                                pretty certain they were Israel jaffa oranges

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                                  sherry f Feb 28, 2010 04:02 AM

                                  They were definitely Israeli Jaffas, sticker and all. I bought some for us at the Metro at Bayview and Eglinton.

                              2. eller Feb 27, 2010 02:00 PM

                                I saw Jaffa oranges at the dreaded Yonge and Eglinton Metro this afternoon.

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                                  LTL Mar 8, 2010 09:09 AM

                                  Longo's at Hwy 400 / Major Mackenzie has Jaffa mandarins.

                                  1. atomeyes Apr 9, 2010 08:07 PM

                                    Loblaws at Millwood has large cases of the Clementine Mix (?) for $5.99

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