Prime time for quality, affordable navel oranges is here. These “belly-buttoned” beauties are sweet, juicy, easy-to-peel and seedless. They’re wholly useable, flexible and healthy, so why just relegate them to snack-only status? Scores of wonderful ways to consume them exist.
Enjoy them cold, hot, raw or cooked
For starters, navels easily release luscious juice to use in beverages (hot or cold), tangy dressings (Asian, herbal, yoghurt), and succulent sauces/glazes (for desserts, fish, meat or poultry). If sauce-making seems finicky or time-consuming, add bits or unpeeled slices into a ready-to-cook dish for flavor inclusion.
Being easy to prep (peel, section, cut … no seeding needed!), they’re fabulous in salads – fruit OR otherwise. Recall the classic orange/purple-onion vinaigrette salad? Modern creative combos call for fennel, nuts, black olives, beets, fresh mint, carrots, pomegranate seeds … and many other mouth-watering unions.
Need “m’orange” motivation? Bake muffins, cakes, pies or cookies with them to produce zesty results. Speaking of zest, navels yield superb zest, for immediate or future use (dried, or frozen in ice-cubes). Embrace them in snazzy soups with mango, pumpkin, ginger or seafood. Set aside peelings to enhance teas. Relish a popping marmalade or relish.
Salivating yet? There are endless edible methods to encourage navel consumption. Search online, or peek at the few sample links below.
Benefit from them
In addition to being delicious, they’re low-calorie, nearly fat-free and deliver a walloping dose of vitamin C. A single orange provides over 100% recommended daily intake to our winter-challenged immune systems. Other associated health benefits are in cardiovascular, cholesterol, respiratory and ulcerative areas.
Bring them home!
Buy firm, smooth, heavy fruit, and avoid soft spots, wrinkles, dull color and oversized “belly-buttons” (indicating overripeness when picked). Initially store in a cool, dry area, and transfer to fridge crisper after a few days.
Purchase plenty. You don’t have to eat them all: they’re also handy for cleaning, cosmetic and fragrance applications … but being so flavorful and food-friendly, it’s not likely that you’ll have any left for other purposes.
- Navels evolved as a mutant orange and, being seedless and sterile, are cultivated by grafting only.
- View navel orange nutrition facts at Buzzle.com
Novel navel recipe examples :
- Orange smoothie
- Sliced orange & olive salad
- No-sugar cranberry orange sauce
- Carrot orange soup
- White chocolate orange cake