FLORIDA FRESH ORANGES AND GRAPEFRUIT
ED-REC’s fresh oranges and grapefruits are imported from Indian River County in Florida. The processing plant (packing house) is located in Vero Beach, the county seat. Harvest begins in early November and our orders are delivered between mid-November and early December.
The Florida Navel Orange is sweet, juicy, tasty and seedless. The distinctive secondary fruit located in the apex, gives the appearance of a navel, hence the name of this delightful orange. The Florida Navel has a pale orange to yellow-green rind.
RUBY RED GRAPEFRUIT
Also known simply as Ruby, the Ruby Red Grapefruit has no seeds, making it a perfect companion to meals and snacks. The rich fruit sections easily away from the rind and has a mellow taste. The rind is smooth – yellow with blush pigmentation – and the interior is a light red colour.
THE FLORIDA DIFFERENCE
Florida citrus grows in a humid and windy climate with warm nights up until harvest. Abundant rain at the end of the summer produces very juicy oranges. The wind causes scars typical to Florida citrus. It is often said a Florida orange should never be judged by its appearance. It’s the sweet taste and juiciness that make it delightful!
MATURITY AND SHELF LIFE
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. If properly stored, the fruit can be kept for months. For optimal conservation, they need to be kept in a cool and dry environment. If kept at room temperature, they will spoil rapidly.
ED-REC procures it’s citrus exclusively from specialty growers dedicated to fresh products. Their approach is very different as fresh requires infinitely more care and attention than for production destined to juice. The difference is enormous!
Florida Citrus is traded in “Cartons”. A “Carton” has a volume of 4/5th of a bushel. ED-REC’s formats are the large box (4/5th) and the small box (2/5th).