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Valencia Oranges

The California Valencia season will be coming to an end soon in the next week or two and the new crop of Valencias from Mexico are just starting up. In terms of flavor, these 2 are at opposite ends of the spectrum. The California Valencias being sweet with low acid and the Mexican Valencias with high acid and low sugar.  This is true of any emerging citrus regardless of where it is grown. The new crop will almost always have the high acid and low sugar content and will sweeten up as the season goes on.

The lack of rain in California this winter is not the preferred situation but the upside is no waterlogged citrus and the pickers are not hindered with moving their ladders in and out of the orchards.  Try mixing 2 types of oranges together for a nice juice with character. Mix Valencias with Satsumas, Minneolas or Blood Oranges which are arriving any day now.  While the Valencia is considered a summer orange, look for the California Valencia new crop to start up sometime in April.

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