Taitung Navel Orange with a Refined, Juicy Texture and Sweet-smelling Fragrance (Local Specialty)
By TTNews Reporter Liao, You-Sheng
TAITUNG, TAIWAN (TTNews) – Navel orange is regarded as one of the most popular local specialties and representative agricultural products in Taitung. The flesh of seedless navel orange is extremely sweet and naturally juicy and the size is about twice larger than any regular oranges; thus, navel orange is considered to be an excellent gift-giving choice for the duration of Chinese New Year or during special occasions. Not to mention that the fruit is highly praised by consumers.
In addition to its unique appearance and huge size, navel orange is also famous for its distinctive aroma and reddish pink flesh with a faint hint of strawberry. Navel orange can be eaten out of hand, juiced, used as a garnish, or turned into jams or preserves. It is also worth mentioning that navel orange is characterized by having its apex a navel-like formation.
While selecting them at the market, good-quality navel oranges should look firm and heavy for their size with no soft spot or obvious mold. You should pick thin-skinned (but not too thin) oranges with smooth and finely textured skin. The price range may vary depending on the quality and production, but usually is around NT$60~$100 per half a kilogram. Usually fresh and seasonal navel oranges are available from the early winter through the late spring, depending on the region. If you want to give a taste of seasonal navel oranges, now it’s a good time!