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Navel Oranges

Everyday Food, January/February 2004

These sweet members of the citrus family brighten up desserts as well as savory dishes and sauces.

About Navel Oranges
Navels are great for juicing, cooking, and just plain eating. They have a nice balance of sweetness and acidity, are easy to peel, and have few or no seeds. The blossom end often resembles a navel, which is the inspiration for its name.

What to Look For
Skin color ranges from deep orange to yellow green. These hues tend to reflect geographic origin more than they do ripeness. Rather than a particular color, look for firm, heavy fruit that are free of soft spots.

How to Store
Like most citrus fruit, oranges keep well. They can be stored at room temperature for several days or in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.