sweet orange varieties being grown by Filipino
farmers are introduced cultivars. Prominent among
these are Navel, Hamlin, Valencia, Pineapple orange.
with small leaves, is a dwarf variety and is ideal
for bonsai gardens. It can bear fruits continuously
throughout the year. Its fruit is medium size, sweet
in taste and contains only a few seeds, sometimes
It is very prolific and can be induced to bear
fruit quite easily by simply applying organic and
complete fertilizer. It is resistant to pests and
orange trees bears big fruits known for their
outstanding sweetness and flavor. The top orange variety
and the most expensive in the United States, it is the
only sweet orange that is easily to peel. It is seedless
(zero to six seeds a fruit), and matures early.
orange is well known to Filipinos although we ay not
have had an inkling about this. The imported "Sunkist"
brand oranges now sold on the sidewalks and markets in
our big towns are Hamlin. The tree bears small to
medium-sized fruits that are also seedless and early
maturing. Although its quality is inferior compared to
other sweet oranges, Hamlin's productivity, seedlessness,
and early fruiting makes it popular orange in the US,
especially in Florida.
Pineapple orange is the leading mid-season
sweetest orange in the US where it was originated. The
somewhat flattened fruit is medium to large-size and
contains 15 to 25 seeds per fruit. In eating quality, it
is better than Hamlin.