orange tree taste

ralph31558(z8GA)December 5, 2012

I picked an orange from my tree and the taste is tart, the one i picked had no sign of green and i would think it was time to pick,did i pick it o early? i dont know the type of oranges it is producing but the tree is about 4 years old.When would i know when it is time to pick?
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hoosierquilt USDA 10A Sunset 23 Vista CA(10b Sunset 23)

Skin color is not necessarily an indication of ripeness. Citrus skin will color up when citrus are exposed to cooler night temps. If you go to the tropics, you'll see the citrus all stay green or pretty much green. If you tell us the variety of orange, we can tell you about when it should be ripe. Wide variance from now until summer for different types of oranges. We need to know what cultivar you're growing.

Patty S.

    Bookmark   December 5, 2012 at 1:17PM
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You say you don't know what variety it is; but does it have a navel? Most navels really don't get ripe until about Christmas time; and the really really best are those left on the tree until late February when they will begin to "re-green". Most commercial growers will harvest a bit earlier to meet the Christmas market.
The other issue is the young age of your tree; oranges often do not produce the best quality fruit until 7-10 years; so don't dispair.

    Bookmark   December 5, 2012 at 1:33PM
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as long as there is no danger of frost, leave the oranges on there longer. mine are ready around Christmas time. i have N33 navel and Blood Moro.

good website to help id your orange

Here is a link that might be useful: Texas Citrus Home Fruit Production Oranges

    Bookmark   December 5, 2012 at 3:01PM
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I have Washington naval whatkind of taste do I expect?


    Bookmark   December 7, 2012 at 9:40AM
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hoosierquilt USDA 10A Sunset 23 Vista CA(10b Sunset 23)

Washington Navels should be very sweet and very juicy. They are the "eating out of hand" orange. My Cara Cara are not quite ripe, yet, so I would wait just a few more weeks, then check.

Patty S.

    Bookmark   December 7, 2012 at 3:56PM
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