Around Valentine’s Day, Mother Nature plays cupid, spicing up the citrus world with the delivery of deliciously sweet and tangy Florida Temple Oranges. Only available from FloridaOrange.com during the month of February, Florida temple oranges are deliciously sweet and tangy at the same time, just like love.
A unique citrus hybrid, temple oranges marry the natural sweetness of Florida tangerines with the juicy tanginess of sweet Florida oranges. In fact, Florida Temple Oranges aren’t actually oranges, but tangors which, as their name implies, are a cross between a TANGerine and an ORange. Believed to have originated in Japan thousands of years ago, temple oranges arrived in Florida via the West Indies.
Discovered in Jamaica by a fruit buyer and shipped to a grower in Winter Park, Florida at the turn of the 20th century; this hybrid was little recognized until it came to the attention of William Chase Temple, for whom it was eventually named. A lumber and coal baron who had turned his midas touch to Florida citrus, Temple promoted the new varietal which was well acclimated to growth in Florida’s subtropical climate.
Temple is known for his connection to major league sports, but his contributions to the Florida citrus industry were equally legendary. Temple was the president and owner of the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 1890s and sponsor of the National League post-season Temple Cup. He was also a major player in the early days of professional football. But in Florida’s citrus belt, the Florida native is best known for founding the Florida Citrus Exchange in 1909. Serving as its general manager until 1913, Temple increased annual Florida citrus production from $200,000 to $5 million.
An excellent eating orange, Florida Temple Oranges are wonderfully aromatic and juicy with few seeds, high natural sugar content and an easy-to-peel skin. A flavorful addition to preserves and compotes, their thick, pebbly rind also makes temple oranges a top choice for zesting.