Temple Orange (Citrus Reticulate)
⚠ Citrus ships to Florida only ⚠
The container-friendly Temple Orange, or Tangor, is a subtropical evergreen fruit tree said to be native to Jamaica, where a fruit buyer by the name of Boyce sent a budwood to Winter Park in 1896. A member of the Rutaceae family along with other Citrus, the thorny-branched Temple Orange came to be through a hybrid of the Sweet Orange and Mandarin Orange.
The deep orange-to-red fruit runs 3 inches in diameter and bears a leathery gloss full of fragrant pores of essential oil. Easy to peel, the Temple Orange’s tender flesh is found inside a loosely clinging pith, bearing bright, sweet-tart, juicy flavor ending in a sweet spice. The flesh color ranging from green to orange, depending on location. Nutrient rich, they provide vitamin A, C, beta-carotene, fiber, calcium, potassium, folate, and antioxidants!
Try these unique, hard to find Temple Oranges fresh out of hand or put them in a salad. They make great juice and ice cream as well! Zest those peels up and make yourself a fragrant cranberry orange muffin!The possibilities are endless. Highly regarded in Florida as a snacking favorite, they were once marketed as the “Ten Dollar a Box” competition with more costly oranges and quickly grew to favor.
With these treats just a pluck away when they’re in your yard, the Temple Orange is a great way to get your citrus on!