• Most oranges in America are grown on one of our two coasts--in Florida or California. Because of the differences in Florida and California climate and soil, the oranges can look and taste quite different, even if they are of the same variety.

    Florida Oranges

    A Florida orange is easy to squeeze. The skin is very thin, and although it tastes good, it may not look very attractive, possibly having a blemished yellow or green coloring even when ripe.

    California Oranges

    Because California has a drier climate with cooler nights, the oranges produced there are thicker-skinned and have a full orange color. They are more acidic and less juicy than a Florida orange.

    Uses for Florida Oranges

    Florida's warmer, more humid climate produces oranges with a green tinge. Because of their juiciness and lack of orange color, Florida oranges are best for making juice.

    Uses for California Oranges

    California navel oranges are attractive, and considered best for eating out of hand, says the Wegmans Food Market website.


    The U.S. is second in the world in production of oranges (Brazil is first). Florida produces three times the amount of citrus that California does. The only other states producing any citrus of note are Texas and Arizona, according to Tony Tantillo on the Farm Fresh website.

    Source: Oranges Fruits - Oranges

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