Monday, December 08, 2014

Valencia

ABC Wednesday
The letter is V
For Valencia


In this little run through the alphabet where my theme has been fruit and vegetables we have talked about the Clementine, and the Mandarin, and now we talk about the sweetest orange of all - the Valencia.

It is the 'summer' orange, - the only orange that bears new fruit and mature fruit at the same time.  Thus we find it in the marketplace from March  until the end of summer.

The orange bears seeds - six or seven - in contrast to the Navel and other seedless oranges, and it has the brightest of juices,   The deep orange and the sweetness makes it most attractive on the breakfast table, - or whenever you drink your orange juice -  and you will find that most juices are made from Valencia oranges.

Wikipedia tells me that William Wolfskill, an American who became a Mexican citizen, hybridized the Valencia orange and named it after the Spanish city known for the sweetness of its fruit.

For more interesting facts about the letter V visit here at ABC Wednesday, with thanks to the Veritable Roger and the Vivid Denise and all their Vivacious helpers....

14 comments:

Marcy said...

Oh, a delicious Valencia orange! great choice for V.

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The Weaver of Grass said...

I don't know the Valencia orange at all Hildred. I don;t think we have them here at all. They look delicious.

Reader Wil said...

Very good choice Hildred! I love these oranges very much.
Have a great week.
Wil, ABCW Team.

Penny said...

We have what we call a navel orange here, in my opinion much nicer as an eating orange, valencias here are sold more as a juicing orange, all lovely though whatever the variety.

Rajesh said...

Never heard of this orange before. Good to know.

Roger Owen Green said...

A PERFECT fruit!

ROG, ABCW

Lea said...

Interesting information!
Beautiful photos!
Lea

Meoww said...

Looks good and tastes really yummy!

LindyLou Mac said...
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LindyLou Mac said...

Calling by for ABC Wednesday, great choice for V, Spanish Valencia oranges.

SamuraiFrog said...

Vibrant colors!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Florida mostly grows Valencias and they are still available here this time of year! (I think most commercial juice brands use Florida grown oranges)

I don't think they're as good to eat (out of hand) as the big California Navels, but I don't like to buy the Cal ones here so we get used to what is freshest!

Joy said...

What an amazing tree to have both new and mature fruit at the same time.

Hazel Ceej said...

Didn't know about Valencia; but I'm sure I would like to taste it.