As you probably know, there are many citrus varieties with few or no seeds. When a farmer finds a variety that doesn’t contain seeds, he may cut buds from the trees and graft them. This way he will make new ones that are also seedless. It is known that seeds are used to grow the rootstock, while the seedless variety can be grafted on to it. Experts say that seedlessness in citrus is a natural genetic mutation.
In this article we will deal with oranges. Do oranges contain seeds or they are seedless? Have you ever seen seeds in orange? Do you know which are orange varieties? Just continue reading this article and you will find out soon, but first we will tell you something more about oranges.
More about Oranges
Oranges are one of the most commonly grown fruits in the world. They belong to the citrus family and they are usually considered sweet oranges. The orange is actually a hybrid, as it is something between pomelo and mandarin. An orange has about 60 calories and it provides more vitamin C than we actually need during the day.
Oranges also contain folate, dietary fiber, potassium, calcium and vitamin A. Sometimes oranges have a green part on their skins, which protects them from sunburn. But, do oranges contain seeds?
Do Oranges Contain Seeds?
Well, we can say that some oranges have seeds and others not. Just like grapes and watermelons, there are some orange varieties that are seedless. There are also oranges with few seeds. Sometimes the seeds are so fine and tiny and you don’t even notice them.
As you probably know, all citrus fruit seeds are edible and some of them are also beneficial for our health. Most people prefer oranges with seeds because they are better in flavor. Below you will see which are the seedless varieties of oranges and which varieties contain seeds. There are many types of oranges. Not all orange varieties are the same. Some of them are sweeter, juicer, thinner-skinned or less seedy than others, so let’s see.
The Navel Orange. As we have already said, not all orange varieties contain seeds. For example, the navel orange doesn’t contain seeds. This variety is available from November through May and it has its peak supplies in January, February and March. Navel oranges are very popular citrus variety among consumers all around the world. These oranges peel and segment easily. Navel oranges are also called “winter oranges” because they are part of the winter citrus family.
The Moro or Blood Orange. Moro or blood orange is also an orange variety without seeds. These oranges are available from January to April and they are most common in Spain and Italy. They are small or medium sized and their interior is bright red to deep maroon. Moro oranges have a thin skin and their flavor is similar to raspberry.
The Valencia Orange. Valencia oranges, which are available from March to September, have originated in China or India, but they are named for the city of Valencia. Valencia oranges have few seeds and their skin is very thin. Valencia oranges are especially valued for their high juice content and they are considered the best oranges for juicing. Also, they adapt well to different climate conditions and they are higher in sugar.
Hamlin. Hamlin is a popular Florida orange that ripens in October. It has few seeds and it is very sweet in flavor. Its juice is pale, but delicious. The skin of Hamlin orange is smooth and thin and it is usually light orange-yellow.
Sour Oranges. Sour oranges are native to Central Florida and they are dry and seedy. These oranges are bitter in taste but they are used for many products, such as marmalade, different candies, perfumes, etc.
As you have seen in this article, there are too many varieties of oranges. Some of them contain seeds, while others are seedless.
As we have already mentioned, the most popular seedless varieties of orange are the navel and the blood orange. Valencia oranges are known to contain few seeds and they are usually used for making juices. Regardless of whether oranges are seedless or not, they are one of the most commonly grown and one of the healthiest fruits in the world.