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  • Where are Tangerines Most Popular?

    By: Pittman & Davis | On: | Category: Fruit Information Grower Insights

    Image by Swamibu via Flickr The tangerine is a popular fruit in a number of locations around the world. From North America to Africa to east Asia, people eat tangerines and include them in a number of culinary applications including traditional entrees and classic dessert items. The most popular spots for this fruit–where it is most-grown and most-consumed–exist all over the world. Here is an overview of some of the most popular locales in which tangerines are cultivated and enjoyed. North America: Since they're more cold-hardy than many larger orange varieties, tangerines are grown in various locations around the United…

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  • Taking Care of Texas Oranges

    By: Pittman & Davis | On: | Category: Fruit Information Grower Insights

    Image by Christine â„¢ via Flickr Oranges are one of world's most temperamental fruits. They grow exceptionally well in warm, humid climates. But when the temperature falls below 20 degrees Celsius, oranges crops are often damaged. This is a particularly important concern in the United States, where oranges are only grown for commercial distribution in four states–Florida, California, Texas and Arizona. In this article we are going to take a look at Texas oranges and explain why they are such a sought after fruit. According to the most recent statistics, the orange is the world's third most popular fruit after…

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  • How to Store Texas Grapefruit

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    The proper way to store Texas grapefruit to keep it at the peak of taste largely depends on how quickly you plan to eat or use the fruit. Try to plan ahead, and know how long it will be after purchase before the Texas grapefruit is consumed. If you plan to buy in bulk because it is cheaper, then your best bet is to store some for quick use and the rest for future use. If you plan on using the Texas grapefruit right away or with a couple of days of purchase, then it is perfectly acceptable to store…

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  • The White Grapefruit in America

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    Image by exfordy via Flickr Though orange juice is the most popular fruit juice on the planet, grapefruit juice has done surprisingly well in comparably short period of time. In fact, the first concentrated and frozen forms of the juice didn't arrive in the U.S. until the nineteen-nineties. That's more than 70 years after frozen concentrated orange just was introduced! What was the holdup? In short, farmers have never truly trusted the white grapefruit. It is a fruit that has had more ups and down than a rollercoaster. At its height, grapefruit was one of the most popular fruits in…

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  • The Red Texas Grapefruit vs. the White Grapefruit

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    Image by ladybugbkt via Flickr The modern grapefruit is available in three popular varieties: the white, the pink and the red. In this article we are going focus on the nutritional differences between these three varieties in an attempt to determine which is the healthiest. Fortunately, each grapefruit has an interesting tale to tell, so it shouldn't be too tedious. The very first grapefruit crop was cultivated in the 17th century on the island of Jamaica. It was a cross between the Indonesian Pomelo and the native Jamaican orange. At the time, all grapefruits were white grapefruits that had a…

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  • The Story of the Texas Grapefruit

    By: Pittman & Davis | On: | Category: Fruit Information Grower Insights

    America is the world leader in grapefruit production with over one-third of the annual output. But the exotic island fruit almost didn't make it in New World. In fact, it was a veritable flop when it first arrived. Brought to Florida in 1823 by a Spanish count, the grapefruit was roundly rejected by local populations. These early Floridians were turned off by the sour taste of the oversized fruit. And that is not surprising. After all, they had been eating sweet oranges for centuries. By the time the first grapefruit crops were planted, orchard owners were already selling oranges commercially.…

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  • Growing Texas Oranges

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    Image via Wikipedia Oranges first came to Texas at the end of the nineteenth-century. Since that time, crops have been cultivated in one relatively small section of the state. The region is known as the Rio Grande Valley and it is located in South Texas. Because it has a subtropical climate and fertile soil, this region is perfect for growing citrus fruits like Texas oranges and grapefruit. In this article we are going to discuss the Texas citrus industry. Why grow oranges in Texas? Compared to Florida, Texas farmland is far more affordable. Not to mention the fact that the…

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  • The Growing and Harvesting of Honeybell Oranges

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    Image via Wikipedia Until you have tasted honeybell oranges, you can never know a fruit that is so sweet and juicy. Its unique taste combined with its shape and limited availability makes it a very popular choice among those who have the good fortune to taste honeybell oranges. Unlike ordinary oranges, honeybell oranges are actually a hybrid fruit that is a cross between a tangerine and grapefruit. Both the Duncan grapefruit and Dancy tangerine that make up honeybell oranges are well known for both sweetness and juiciness. In fact, in spite of the fact that both grapefruit and tangerines have…

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  • How to Grow Texas Oranges on Your Own

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    Image via Wikipedia Sweet oranges are the most popular species of citrus fruit on the planet. Most historians believe that they were first cultivated in Northern India several hundred years ago. But the western world did not encounter the orange until the Age of Exploration. Famous explorers like Columbus brought orange seeds with him on his voyages and spread them around the globe. We know for certain that it was Spanish explorers who brought the orange to the New World. In fact, many historians believe that it was Ponce del Leon himself who brought oranges to Florida in the sixteenth…

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  • The Cost of Growing Texas Oranges

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    Image via Wikipedia The orange came to Texas sometime in the late nineteenth century. It was brought by Spanish missionaries who also delivered grapefruit seeds to local farmers. This was indeed a blessing, since the state was in desperate need of new agricultural products. Unfortunately, the orange had a less than auspicious start in the Lone Star State. In fact, all of the early crops that were planted in the 1880s died. Farmers were flummoxed, but they continued to experiment with Texas oranges and grapefruit. Years later, they discovered that the problem was the rootstock they were using. Shortly thereafter,…

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