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Native to western Asia, cultivated cherries are the descendants of two wild species, Prunus avium, ancestor of sweet cherries and Prunus cerasus, ancestor of sour cherries.
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The Valencia orange is a large orange variety with a smooth and pebbled surface and a semi thick fragrant peel that clings loosely to its segmented and barely seeded flesh. Its flesh, when ripe, is supremely sweet, juicy and tender. Though Valencia oranges' primary usage is for juicing, they are also used for fresh eating as well.
Valencia oranges are available in spring through summer.
The Valencia orange, AKA summer orange, is a sweet orange variety with at least 50 different known sub varieties and hybrids of the original in existence and/or cultivation. It is the most important orange variety. The first hybridized Valencia orange in the United States was the product of pioneer agronomist, William Wolfskill. Valencia oranges became such a successfully cultivated citrus in Southern California that one of its primary growing regions was named Orange County, CA.
Valencia oranges are a good source of vitamin C, fiber and folate. They also contain antioxidants that help boost immunity.
Valencia oranges are most commonly used for their juice but may also be cooked or eaten fresh. Use the juice and zest for marinades, syrups, vinaigrette, cocktails or to flavor sauces and custards. Pair segments with beets, olives, fennel, greens, fresh herbs and cheeses, berries, chiles, seafood and poultry. Use in combination with other citrus, olive oils, salts, and honey. Valencia oranges will keep, refrigerated, for up to two weeks.
The original Valencia orange was discovered in Valencia, Spain, hence its given name. It was naturalized in America in the 19th Century. The Valenica orange is believed to be a descendant of another sweet orange that originated in subtropic China, hence its ability to adapt to subtropical climates in addition to coastal temperate regions of California and tropical climates of Florida. The Valencia orange tree is known for its hardiness, its ability to be easily cultivated and its high productivity rate. Without hot days and cool nights, though the fruits do not develop their true orange coloring. Often, the fruits are treated with gas that allows the fruits to produce their signature color. This is common with other fruits as well.
Recipes that include Valencia Oranges. One is easiest, three is harder.
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