Thursday, March 6, 2014
Needless to say, I grew up appreciating all different kinds of fruit, and all kinds of California oranges. When I moved to New Orleans, I thought I would finally be exposed to Florida oranges, and I have tasted a few, but it seems that through shipping or grocery storage or level of ripeness when picked, the oranges (other than those delightful satsumas) have been rather tasteless. I can't tell you how many times I have picked up a bag of oranges, even California oranges, at the grocery store and brought them home only to have bland (even dry!) oranges, piece after piece.
Recently, I was approached by a representative of Heritage Reserve Navel Oranges. They had just began distributing to Rouses Supermarkets in Louisiana and they wanted a blogger to review their product, so they sent me a box. Heritage Reserve has been planting orchards in California's Central Valley since 1896 and their oranges are naturally ripened and colored, using no accelerated de-greening process.
We received the box of oranges about a week ago which contained four bags of oranges, about 5 per bag. Other than one bag I gifted to a friend, John and I have been eating these oranges non-stop since they arrived and they are, admittedly, delicious. Every single one I have tasted has been juicy, fragrant, tart and sweet all at the same time. I have never gone through an entire bag of oranges and had them ALL taste good in a very long time. Kudos to you, Heritage Reserve, for producing a consistently wonderful orange.
Written by Kim Ranjbar