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Juicy, sweet, and tangy, Temple oranges are a deep orange-red color. This hybrid of the Mandarin and Sweet orange is globular in shape with a thin, leathery skin. They are easy to peel and have very little pith, with about three seeds per section. The Temple is the largest of the Mandarin varieties.
Temple oranges have a short season during the late winter months.
The Temple orange, botanically classified as Citrus reticulate, originates from Jamaica. The Temple is technically a hybrid known as a "tangor", a cross between a tangerine and an orange. The 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 great fresh, eaten out-of-hand. 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 was first discovered in Jamaica in 1896 by a Florida fruit buyer. It was 1915 when it came to the attention of W.C. 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. The Temple orange is also known as the Royal Mandarin. 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.
|Diners Journal NYT||Temple Orange and Olive Salad|
|Nothing in the House||Grapefruit & Temple Orange Jam|
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Santa Monica Farmers Market
Steve MurrayNear Santa Monica, California, United States
Bakersfield , 93307
About 100 days ago, 2/15/17
Spotter's comments : Temple Oranges spotted at Santa Monica Farmers Market.