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Oranges - California vs Florida

At my local supermarket, the oranges are advertised as being from Florida or California. I noticed that the Califirnia ones look prettier, but the Florida ones tend to be juicier/taste sweeter.

Has anyone else found this to be true?

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  1. Yes, but I also live in Florida!

    1. I think it depends on the variety and the time of year, as their crops are at the best at different times. Florida navels are best from Nov - January; FL valencias are best from March through May. CA navels are available from Dec. through May and valencias from May through Oct.

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      1. re: DanaB

        DanaB, you got it right. Growing up, we (the extended family) had an orange farm in California.

      2. I've mentioned before- the BEST oranges are the ugly ones! Un-round, patchy, snaggly, dirty and not day-glo orange skinned oranges taste amazing, especially from someone's 13+year old tree. (I've lived in CA and FL but never appreciated oranges until we moved to FL... but I'm sure it has something to do with the fact that I'm not a young kid who could care less about fruit!)

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        1. re: Boccone Dolce

          Yes, we get the nastiest, ugliest ones, and they are the best. However, they don't come from Florida or California. They come from the Rio Grande Valley in Texas. We also have the best grapefruit.

        2. I grew up in Detroit. Florida oranges were around from Thanksgiving to Christmas and that's when we had juice for breakfast...the rest of the year it was California oranges and wedges, not juice.

          Now that I live in San Diego (and have never owned a snow shovel or lawmower in my entire adult life) it is only California oranges, supplemented with blood orange juice from my yard from about November to March.

          1. Lived both places. Mom always referred to Florida oranges as juice oranges and California oranges as the ones you eat.