How much does a box weigh ?
A small box weighs approximately 18 lbs (8 Kgs). A large box weighs approximately 36 lbs (16 Kgs). Boxes containing smaller sizes weigh more as the density is higher. The juiciness will also affect weight. Every harvest is different.
How many pieces does a box contain ?
A large box of oranges contains between 48 and 80 pieces. In a given box, all pieces are the same size. If the box contains 48 pieces, the oranges are a size 48. If it contains 64 pieces, then it’s a size 64 and so on. A small box contains half the quantity of a large box therefore, a small box of size 64 will contain 32 pieces. Standard sizes for Navel oranges are 48, 56, 64 and 80. For grapefruit, the standard sizes are 32, 36, 40, 48 and 56. The orders contain an assortment of sizes. Each year the proportion of each size varies depending on the harvest.
My box does not look full, why ?
It is possible that a box will not appear completely full. What counts is the number of pieces for a given size. Mother Nature, even in the 21st century remains unable to produce size 64 that are all absolutely identical! Furthermore, each box is filled manually according to the given size’s packing pattern. Occasionally, a box may contain one less or one more than it is supposed to. More so with the smaller 80’s.
What is the shelf life of my oranges and grapefruit ?
Citrus can be preserved up to 3 months but are very sensitive to heat and humidity. For optimal preservation, it should be kept in a cool and dry environment. If kept at mid-december room temperature, it will spoil within weeks.
The fruit does not look ripe, it has a greenish color, why ?
Oranges and grapefruit stop ripening as soon as they are picked off the tree. The color will not change with time as it does with bananas. A perfectly ripe orange can still be green. Some countries and other US jurisdictions allow the use of artificial food colorants to give oranges a picture perfect appearance. In Florida, use of food colorants on citrus is not permitted.
The fruit has many scars, why ?
The Florida windy climate creates friction between the tree branches and the fruitlets shortly after bloom causing minute scarring. When the fruit is mature and ready to harvest the scars have grown equally and are typical of Florida citrus. It is often said that a Florida orange should never be judged by its appearance. It’s the sweet taste and juiciness that make it delightful!
What is the difference between a Florida Navel and a California Navel ?
In Florida, the climate is hot, windy, humid and with abundant rain where overnight temperatures remain warm often until harvest time. These conditions create a very thin rind but a very juicy fruit. In California, oranges grow in a desert climate with low winds and cold nights. The conditions create a thick easy to peel rind often without scars. Also, less abundant rain produces a less juicy orange. The Navel harvest season in California usually begins 6 weeks later than in Florida.
What is the difference between a Florida Navel and a South African Navel ?
The South African Navel is very similar to it’s California cousin. The main difference is the harvest period. In South Africa, Navels are harvested in July. This means they are somewhat fresh when found in Canadian supermarkets in August and September but in late November and early december, there is no comparison with a fresh Florida Navel.
My box contains spoiled pieces, why ?
In spite of all efforts and quality control processes, it is possible that a piece will spoil faster than the others in the same box. ED-REC adds a spoilage allocation free of charge to compensate if this occurs. Each organization manages this allocation as it sees fit. Some will replace spoiled pieces, others will resell the allocated boxes and apologize.