Orange



Costa oranges are the most popular of the citrus family. Grown and nurtured all year round in beautiful orchards, they are one of nature's super fruits.


Oranges are thought to have the highest levels of both Vitamin C and antioxidants of any fruit or vegetable. They’re incredibly versatile – perfect for snacks, juicing, or adding to salads and other dishes. They are also delicious when preserved as marmalades and chuntneys.

More orange-flavoured facts

 

  • High in fibre, potassium, folate, thiamin and calcium
  • Natural sweetness from sugars including glucose, fructose and sucrose
  • A good source of fibre
  • Available all year round


  • Contains beta-cryptoxanthin, which promotes respiratory health and may reduce the risk of lung cancer
  • A 180g orange contains enough Vitamin C for two day’s RDI
  • A 180g orange has approx. 220 kJ

Seasonality


The diverse Australian climate means that oranges can be grown here all year round. The trees can tolerate high temperatures and prefer warm, sheltered sites.

Common varieties


Navels

Navel oranges are seedless and very sweet. They’re easy to peel and perfect for snacking, and their thick skin is ideal for making candied peel and preserves.

Valencias 

Valencia oranges have a zesty, tangy flavour and are the most popular variety for juicing. They have a thinner skin, few seeds and are very juicy.

Recipes


From marmalades to mousses, citrus fruits add a big hit of flavour to many dishes. Get Vitamin C-infused inspiration for your next meal with our delicious citrus recipes.


Selection and storage


To select:

Select smooth-skinned oranges that are firm and heavy for their size – it means they’re full of juice and flavour. Avoid light, puffy or shrivelled fruit, or anything with soft spots or traces of mould.

To store:

Oranges store well and can last quite some time at regular room temperature or in the fridge.

Once they start to decay, oranges emit high levels of ethylene – which speeds up the ripening of bananas and avocados. Pop an over-ripe orange in a bag with an unripe banana and watch how fast the banana ripens!