Lumpy, bumpy Sumo Citrus® is quite possibly our favorite citrus fruit. Originally developed in Japan, this unique mandarin hybrid has only been available in the US in the last decade. Sumo Citrus is deliciously sweet and incredibly easy to peel, as the fruit has already begun to separate from the skin.
Thereof, is it OK for oranges to have bumps on them?
M.H. Answer: Your orange tree has scab, a fungus disease often seen in Florida. The good news is that scab is not terribly harmful to the tree or the fruit but is mostly cosmetic. It shouldn’t affect the interior quality of the fruit.
Also know, how do you know if oranges are bad?
How To Tell If Oranges Are Bad?
- Visual changes. Minor discolorations or the rind (dots, etc.) are alright, but if the fruit develops mold, discard it.
- Texture alterations. If the fruit looks okay, give it a gentle squeeze. …
- Off smell. If the orange has lost its citrusy smell and smells off (or funny), throw it out.
What causes citrus scab?
Scab is caused by the fungus Elsinoe fawcettii. Citrus scab attacks the fruit, leaves and twigs, producing slightly raised, irregular scabby or wart- like outgrowths.
A seedless, sweet tangerine named after its bright orange, slightly bumpy rind. This hybrid is a cross between two noncommercial tangerine varieties: the Wilking and Kincy, by the University of California at Riverside. The Gold Nugget™ is a great juicer, averaging a 50% juice content.
Work With the Pith. Most people avoid the pith — the stringy, spongy white part between the peel and the fruit — because it tastes bitter. But the pith is full of calcium, fiber, vitamin C, and immune-boosting flavonoids. Throw the pith in a smoothie to hide the flavor but get all the benefits.
Next time you snack on an orange and eat a bit of the pith, don’t worry; this natural part of the fruit is edible and good for you.
Fruit Season Calendar
Navel oranges are ready for harvest from November to June. Valencia oranges are ready in March into October. Cara Cara oranges ripen from December through May. Clementine oranges are ready in October as are Satsuma until December or January.
They’re seedless, with a sweet, meaty flesh, making them ideal for snacking. California navel oranges usually arrive at grocers in November and late varieties are available through June. In the peak months – February, March and April – California navels are at their very sweetest.