Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Does Anyone Know a Valencia When They See One?

An orange from our tree, July 2010.  

Do recognize this orange?  If so, you can help me resolve a family dispute.  My husband says the orange tree in our backyard is a Valencia, but I'm not so sure.  The Valencia oranges I get at the farmer's market are deliciously sweet, which is something I can't say about our oranges.  Of course, I know very little about oranges and my husband grew up in California, so he should know more about oranges than I do.  

Our backyard neighbor Mary Rose says she remembers that the oranges from our tree were very sweet and that they're just out of season now.  I'm sure that's true, but I didn't have a sweet one all winter.  Even when the farmer's market was overflowing with Valencia's, our oranges were tart.  We now have small green oranges growing alongside the older orange ones, so I know the "ripe" oranges on the tree are from last season.  But I still wonder... can an orange tree go bad?
Old and new oranges on our tree, Summer 2010.