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Cheryl Osborne starts with ...
Orange tree came with the property and this year has fruit that I can eat although still not quite ripe. It has taken 5 years to bring this badly neglected tree to fruit.
The fruit is good size but still a bit green tasting. My question is how long do we leave the fruit on or should we pick now (end of June) as no more ripening will occur.
This is our first orange so we are true novices.
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Cheryl Osborne
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amanda says...
If it tastes "green" but doesn't look green - then maybe it's the type of fruit it is? Eg: does it have a "navel" at the bottom? A Navel will be quite different to a Valencia.

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27th June 2010 10:37pm
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Cheryl Osborne says...
Hi Amanda - thanks for response. There is some green colour on the orange (top and bottom). It's pretty cold here (Teesdale Vic) and we have had the first frost - although we don't get very bad frosts. I can eat them but I would prefer them to be sweeter - plenty of juice.
Regards Cheryl
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Cheryl Osborne
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amanda says...
Hi Cheryl - I think we need a citrus person here... I am not very good with oranges. I seem to remember that one variety (navel I think?) is better for juicing...but I may be wrong.

It may be an old variety also? Maybe u should leave a few on the tree - as an experiment - and see how they fare over winter? Leave enough to pick one every month as a taste test..

I have left my tangellos and mandarins on the tree for a month now and they are good...once they are really ripe they need picking tho' as it's very sunny here and they get a bit cooked otherwise...

Sorry I can't be more helpful.
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30th June 2010 4:23pm
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Phil@Tyalgum says...
I think some oranges (especially Valencias) will "regreen" if left on the tree for too long, as a result of long exposure to the sun. All the oranges in supermarkets are treated with gas to prevent this occuring, but it is perfectly natural to have greenish fully ripe oranges. The website below is an excellent reference for all citrus. Also, oranges grown in the tropics tend to be greenish rather than orange, the orange color being a response to cool conditions.

http://users.kymp.net/citruspages/home.html
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Itdepends says...
Valencia for juicing (and eating)- navels are better for eating. My oranges haven't completely turned orange yet- they'll sit on the tree quite happily all winter- getting slightly dry and thick skinned in early spring at the end of their season.

Give them a bit longer- they'll ripen further.

Daniel
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