A salute to the navel orange

Navel oranges are so-called because they grow a second fruit at the apex (the opposite end to the stem) that looks like a person’s belly button. They’re in season generally from now to September, so now’s the time to enjoy them.

Navels are easy to peel because they have thicker skin than other types, so they can make a great fuss-free snack. They’re also nice to juice – add it to soda water for some fizz.

There’s debate about where they originated – a variety of sources are suggested from Mexico to Portugal. One thing is fact – they arrived in Australia in 1824.

There are lots of recipes for navel oranges. The skin makes good zest and can be candied; the juice flavours all kinds of dishes. You can find a few recipes and learn more about this adaptable fruit on this ABC webpage.