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Oranges are popular all over the world, but where do the tastiest oranges come from? Spain is a major exporting country of oranges, with the city and region of Valencia in particular. Its Mediterranean climate allows these fruits to be grown here at the right temperatures. The sweet flavors of the perfect-looking Valencian oranges come out best this way. Moreover, different varieties are grown, each with its unique characteristics.

  • Vitamin C is one of the most important vitamins for a human being and you can find it in an orange!
  • There are even different varieties of the Valencian orange.
  • Visit one of the many fields around Valencia to experience the unique taste sensation in the place itself.

That fruit is healthy, everyone knows. But that oranges, especially Valencian oranges, are good for various ailments of the body and your mood? Valencian oranges contain vitamin C, which is the tool to ward off your body from flu, colds and winter weather. On top of that, they are good against digestive disorders, headaches, rheumatism, stress and depression. So with a Valencian orange, you will always be in good spirits! They are used for a variety of purposes. Not only can you simply make juice from it or make it totally come into its own in a summer fruit salad, Valencian oranges are also used for Dutch jam because of its sweet-sweet taste.

Oranges are descended from a citrus fruit. The fact that the orange is related to the lemon is therefore no surprise. This delicious, orange fruit gets its best flavor when cultivated at a temperature averaging 23 degrees Celsius; the perfect place for this is the Valencia area! This is because Spain has a Mediterranean climate in the east of the country, long, hot summers and mild winters. This is perfect for growing oranges. An orange is smaller but sweeter than grapefruit and larger than a tangerine. The smell of an orange is not as strong as that of a tangerine.

There are different varieties of the famous Valencian orange. Not all oranges are round and orange. La Naranja Navelina is medium-sized, often just round but sometimes slightly oval, bright orange in color and has very juicy flesh. The perfect example of a Valencian orange is the Naranja Salustiana, the excellent fruit is very sweet and has lots of juice. Then you have the Naranja Navel lane late and the Navel late, they don't differ much, but just enough to separate them from kind. The Navel late is smaller and less popular because of its elongated shape and less thick but consistent skin. Its color is additionally less pleasant for an orange: light orange. However, this has nothing to do with the taste of an orange. The second perfect example of a Valencian orange is the Naranja Valencia, quite surprisingly.

The fruit is medium-sized, a little oblong and has a fine, thin skin. The taste is to write home about, Naranja Valencia has a very pleasant flavor; nice and sweet with a slight hint of acidity. It is the newest variety grown in Valencia and is considered one of the best. A distinct variety is the Naranja Sanguina. There cannot be much more different about an orange, yet this variety has something special; it differentiates itself from others by its red pigments in the skin as well as in the fruit itself. In addition, it has a little raspberry or cherry flavor in it, making it a unique type of orange.

Valencia has its fields for oranges in the area around the city and some of these can be visited. The orange trees in the city of Valencia are mostly just for ornamental purposes and these fruits do not have the real, distinctive taste of Valencian oranges. It is recommended to go to the largest fish, meat, fruit and vegetable market in Europe in the middle of the city, where you can buy the most delicious oranges!

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