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Temple oranges are globular in shape with a deep orange-red color. They have a thin, leathery skin that is easy to peel and have very little pith, with about three seeds per section. The Temple is the largest of the mandarin varieties. The Temple oranges are juicy, sweet and tangy with a warm spiciness.
Temple oranges have a short season during the late winter months.
The Temple orange, botanically classified as Citrus reticulate, originates from Jamaica. The Temple orange is technically a hybrid known as a "tangor", a cross between a tangerine and an orange; specifically a mandarin and a sweet orange. The Temple orange is also known as the Royal Mandarin. Temple orange tree produces monoembyonic seeds, which contain genes from both parents, making it one of the most commonly used "mother" trees for citrus hybridization.
Temple oranges are a good source of vitamin C, vitamin A, potassium, folate, and fiber.
Temple oranges are great fresh, eaten out-of-hand since they can be easily peeled off like a zipper. They make excellent juicing oranges as well because of the high volume of juice per orange. Also known as the Royal orange, these oranges are easy to section and make good additions to salads or desserts. Make some aromatic Temple orange marmalade, or use the juice as a marinade for meats. Make Temple orange ice cream or sorbet, or simply freeze the juice in molds for homemade popsicles.
The Temple orange are Florida's favorite eating orange. It was named after William Chase Temple, the owner of the Pittsburgh Pirates and first president of The Florida Citrus Exchange. According to the Florida State Horticultural Society, the Temple orange was introduced and marketed as the "Ten Dollar a Box" orange, competing with the more costly oranges at the time.
The Temple orange was first discovered in Jamaica in 1896 by a Florida fruit buyer. It was 1915 when it came to the attention of William Chase Temple, the fruits namesake, who then introduced it to a friend at Buckeye Nurseries who helped develop the popularization of the fruit. The orange with unusual aromatic and juicy qualities was named and introduced to the market in 1919. It is known as a Florida citrus fruit; however, it can also be found growing in Coachella Valley, California.
Recipes that include Temple Oranges. One is easiest, three is harder.
|Nothing in the House||Grapefruit & Temple Orange Jam|
|Diners Journal NYT||Temple Orange and Olive Salad|
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