(Feb-Mar) Temple Oranges are an heirloom variety known in it's heyday as "The King of Citrus".
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Temple Orange was discovered as a chance seedling in Jamaica on an 1896 expedition. It was brought in to Florida about 1916, and by the 40's and 50's was one of the most popular fresh fruit varieties planted in Florida. Temple has a truly unique flavor -- nothing else is even remotely like it -- and is easy to peel or can be sliced or juiced.
Temple is a very delicate fruit. In these days of homogenized bulletproof varieties that stand up well to grocery store first in-first out computerized inventory systems, Temples don't hold up in that market. The Orange Shop uses the same handling practices developed by our grandfathers, who sold a lot of Temples, so we still sell them like crazy all spring.
Most years, Temple has more sugar in the juice than any other variety, with also a fairly high citric acid level, so the flavor has a distinctive punch. It's been a Spyke family favorite for three generations, and we're one of the few growers still planting young trees and looking toward the future.
Try a box, or surprise family and friends. You'll never forget your first Temple -- guaranteed!
(No further shipments to CA, TX, LA, or AZ for the remainder of the season.)
The Orange Shop in Citra, Florida ships Gourmet Oranges, Indian River Grapefruit, Honeybells, and other delicacies from our groves throughout the country from November through May.
A Note on Package Weights: The weights listed are for use as guidelines when purchasing. The actual unit of measurement is the size of the shipping box itself. Smaller fruit will weigh less than the average for a given size box.
A Note on Shipping Schedules: Citrus fruit is perishable, and many of the heirloom varieties we ship are extremely delicate. So, we don\'t pick them off the tree until we receive your order. We then bring them in to the packinghouse where they\'re processed and packed, then ship them by ground delivery to ensure safe arrival.