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There are oranges and then there are Gisborne oranges. Our incomparable Navel oranges are loved throughout New Zealand. A winter orange, Navels are sweet, seedless and juicy. Our region has the perfect climate of sunny warm days and cool nights to be able to grow one of the world’s favourite fruits.

Our oranges are grown on trees we planted in 2003. We knew our soil comprised exceptionally fertile heavy silt loam, renowned in our district for growing just about anything, but it wasn’t until we started selling our oranges direct to customers that we realised just how remarkable they are. Flavoursome, juicy and bursting with goodness, they have to be tasted to be fully appreciated.

Ever wonder how the Navel orange got its name? There’s no fancy origin story for this variety of citrus, it’s named purely for its belly button! In reality, this ‘navel’ is a tiny second orange that forms opposite the stem but never develops. You can see this mini twin when you remove the peel.

The Navel orange was truly a random gift from mother nature. A regular orange tree planted in Brazil in 1820 randomly developed a mutation, resulting in the formation of two oranges within a single fruit. This lucky mutation is the reason Navel oranges are seedless. The growers of this rare form of orange knew they were onto a winner, but without seeds they had to get creative and utilise those green thumbs to propagate more trees.

All Navel oranges are direct descendants of this single genetic anomaly, including our delicious oranges, which are grown on trees we planted in 2003. We knew our soil comprised exceptionally fertile heavy silt loam, renowned in our district for growing just about anything. But it wasn’t until we started selling our oranges direct to customers that we realised just how remarkable they are. Flavoursome, juicy and bursting with goodness, they have to be tasted to be fully appreciated.

Oranges are a fantastic immune-booster - one medium orange can easily meet your daily vitamin C requirements, especially important during those dreary winter months.

Our oranges store well at room temperature out of direct sunlight for a week, but will last much longer in the fridge where the vitamin content is undiminished.

Available from late July until early November.

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