Sky Valley Heirloom Navel Orange

March 24th, 2010 | Fruit Maven

If you think I haven’t been posting enough lately and that I have lost my love of fruit (you are wrong) and…this is the fruit for you!

As I mentioned when I talked about the ever-so-lovely Shasta Tangerine, March fruit just isn’t inspiring me. So please don’t dismay, I haven’t abandoned the blog, but it is going to be tough going for a while until I come across something interesting. I know what you are thinking. A navel orange? THAT is what inspired you enough to come out of the March doldrums and post? Yes indeed.

I’ve recently gotten a juicer — the Breville 800jexl — if you are interested in reading my review of it, and I can’t stop juicing so I’m regularly on the hunt for oranges. But I digress.  On with the story…

 I was wandering through Trader Joe’s and a bag of these were prominently displayed near the front. I tend to look right past endcap displays as I assume it is an overstocked item they are trying to pawn off on innocent marketing victims. But this time it was an orange! And it claimed to be “heirloom”!  But, and this is a big BUT, it was pre-bagged. I generally avoid this on principle — I don’t want someone telling me how many of something I have to buy. I am in charge here!  But it was “heirloom” (often secret code for absolutely nothing but an extra high price) and I’m bored so I tossed it in my bag and hoped for the best. Grocery store oranges tend to be so dull and lifeless that I can’t even remember the last time I bought one. These are a definite standout and if you see them, you should snatch up two bags. Something has to carry us through to April and it looks like it isn’t going to be my witty prose. Sorry.

APPEARANCE Rating: ★★★★☆

Medium orange color and size, slightly bumpy skin. Bright orange flesh.

AROMA Rating: ★★★★½

Bright, fresh orange scent – not overly strong but not subtle either.

TEXTURE Rating: ★★★★½

Thick skin and pith. Perfectly tender and juicy flesh. No seeds!

TASTE Rating: ★★★★★

Ideal acidity with a deep sweet orange flavor.

OVERALL Overall Rating: ★★★★½

The pith on this is pretty thick but it isn’t particularly distracting if you don’t get it all removed. That being said, this is the perfect orange to cut in to quarters and just dive right into. Make yourself an orange peel smile because this orange is delightful.  The company website claims these are old line Washington navel oranges, which uses a sour orange rootstock that is barely used anymore. Whatever all that means, it equals “delicious” in this case.

FRUIT
Orange
PEAK
Winter
PURCHASED
 Grocery Store
VARIETY
Sky Valley Heirloom Navel
GROWN
California
 

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