The navel orange is a seedless orange variety that has a “navel” at the top of the fruit caused by a secondary fruit within the skin. Since this is a seedless mutation, it is assumed that all navel orange trees are clones from one single parent tree. With them being clones, it is safe to say that all navel oranges are basically the same. The thing that separates Texas Navel Oranges from all of the other navel oranges is the environment in which they were grown in. Texas Navel Oranges, are grown in Texas, more specifically the Rio Grande Valley Region. This region has the subtropical climate needed for growing oranges, plus the soil is super fertile giving the Texas Navel Orange a distinct size differentiating it from other navel oranges.
- Kingdom: Plantae
- Order: Sapindales
- Family: Rutaceae
- Genus: Citrus
- Species: C. x sinensis
- Binomial name: Citrus x sinensis
Texas Navel Orange Trivia
- The “navel” in navel oranges is a second undeveloped orange.
- The essence from orange blossoms is an important ingredient in making perfumes
- All of the navel orange trees in the world are clones of a single tree from Brazil
- Since they are all grafted, there are no “wild” navel oranges.