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  • Lesser-Known Texas Citrus Varieties

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    Image via Wikipedia While those familiar with the greatest gems of the Texas citrus lineup may be able to name several varieties grown in the state, those produced in the Rio Grande Valley, in particular , there are many varieties that, for one reason or another, are not as well-known. Whether it's because these varieties are produced in small numbers or because conditions are less amenable to growing them, some oranges and grapefruits grown in the state are less-celebrated than others. Knowing what these Texas citrus varieties are, of course, means you can keep a look out for them. If…

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  • Texas Citrus Rootstocks

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    Image via Wikipedia In Texas, a few different rootstocks are available for citrus growers, and depending on the conditions where the Texas citrus grower is producing oranges or grapefruits, one rootstock may be preferable to another. Of course, the sour orange rootstock is the most common Texas citrus rootstock for any number of reasons, but there are others. Knowing the characteristics of the available rootstocks goes a long way in understanding why a grower may prefer one over another one. Swingle citrumelo is a rootstock known for yielding high volumes of fruit, and it is a very capable rootstock for…

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  • Texas Citrus: Red Grapefruit

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    The grapefruit almost didn't make it in America. What is now one of our largest citrus crops was a bona fide flop when it arrived in Florida in 1823. The exotic island fruit is a hybrid fruit, a cross between an Indonesia pomelo and a Jamaican orange. Unfortunately it didn't taste like an orange, and that was the problem. Floridians had been eating sweet oranges for centuries by the time the grapefruit arrived on their shores and they simply did not enjoy its sour taste. As the Florida orange industry continued to grow, the grapefruit became little more than a…

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  • Citrus Gift Baskets are a Delicious and Affordable Gift

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    Image via Wikipedia The holidays are going to be tight for many people this year, and finding gifts that are practical and affordable is important for people who are still feeling the effects of the rough economy. With millions of people still out of work practical gifts, like gourmet gift baskets filled with fresh citrus fruits, nuts, preserves and other treats are the gifts that will really make an impact. Even people who haven't lost their jobs or their homes are looking for ways to spend less and are focusing on giving gifts that are practical instead of gifts that…

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  • Delicious Citrus: Temple Oranges

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    Because they rarely show up on supermarket shelves, fruit lovers often have to shop online to find the most sought-after citrus varieties. Why is this?It is because most fresh citrus in the U.S. is sent directly to processing plants for juicing. For example, about 80 percent of American oranges end up as juice. The overwhelming majority of the remainder are from popular orange varieties like Navels or Valencias. Those are generally the oranges that are sold in clear plastic bags for four or five bucks at your local grocery store. The rest are marketed as specialty fruit and are sold…

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  • Texas Citrus Versus Florida Citrus

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  • Florida, California, and Texas Citrus

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    Image via Wikipedia Everyone knows they grow oranges in Florida. Any number of orange juice cartons advertise Florida orange juice, and many brands even include the state in their name. California and Texas citrus growers, however, shouldn't be without credit for their orange production. After all, along with Florida, these states are some of the largest producers of citrus in the country. Knowing a little bit about the citrus crop in each state goes a long way when it comes to distinguishing the differences among the production of oranges and grapefruits in these states. In southern California, groves of oranges,…

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  • The Rio Grande Valley is the Premier Texas Citrus Region

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    Image by rcbodden via Flickr The vast majority of citrus fruit grown in Texas is produced in the Rio Grande Valley. This part of the state offers Texas citrus growers a climate amenable to producing their crops and allows for the production of a wide variety of fruit. Anyone who wants to understand more about Texas citrus crops must know where the Rio Grande Valley is located, when citrus fruit is produced there, and the diversity oranges and grapefruits it yields. The Rio Grande Valley, known simply to locals as “the Valley” is found in the southernmost part of Texas…

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  • Texas Citrus Orange Varieties

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    Image via Wikipedia It starts in the fall. Texas citrus fruit first matures in October, and it will be available fresh for many months thereafter. Depending on what part of the season it is, however, different varieties of oranges are grown, and they may be produced for different purposes and have unique qualities. Considering the varieties of oranges grown in Texas at different points in the season goes a long way insofar as understanding what kinds of oranges are available at various times of year. Early in the Texas citrus season, Navel oranges begin appearing on store shelves. The Navel…

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  • Citrus in the Winter – Navel Oranges

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    The bright taste of citrus fruits gives people the impression of spring and summer. Think of a tall glass of tea or water and you see slices of lemons, limes, and even oranges as a part of the drink. Though spring and summer are great seasons for citrus, arguably the best season is during winter, because that is when navel oranges are available. navel oranges get their name from the funny looking bump on the top of the orange. That is where it is cut from the stem on which it grew. Since it slightly resembles a navel, that is…

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