Innie, Outtie, Beck or Fukumoto? November 14, 2005

Share this post

Oranges are oranges, right? Not so. Did you know that the Navel orange we enjoy in California from late fall to spring time has many different varieties? Growers plant Navels with names like the Thompson, the Washington, the Everhard, the Atwood, the Fischer, the Beck, the Fukumoto, the Texas and the Brazilian Baianinha Piracicaba. (Say that three times while navel gazing!) These different varieties are rarely pointed out to consumers but instead are lumped into the general category of navel orange. There are differences in both taste, color and shape of the different navel oranges.
Navel oranges in the United States were first introduced from Brazil in 1873 with the planting of 3 trees in Riverside, California. The name navel comes from a secondary fruit that is embedded in the blossom end of the navel orange. The rind of this secondary fruit shows on the exterior of the orange creating a navel like pit or depression. In California, the Washington Navel is considered the parent of most navel varieties. This orange is a large, oblong fruit with a bulging navel, think post Thanksgiving feast outtie.
This week we have the Beck Earli navel orange for you. It is the first navel orange variety that we see. It was discovered in 1958 by a farmer named James Beck. As with many fruit trees, adaptations and varieties happen as the mother tree throws of a sport, a genetic hiccup that produces a new variety of fruit from an existing tree. When these sports are found, the farmer will graft the branch and attempt to reproduce it and develop a new variety.
The Beck has a refreshing, low acid flavor and has, what I think is a trademark taste of all Navels, a light hint of cinnamon and nutmeg among the citrus taste. These navels are on the small side with a small innie navel. Try smelling the rind before opening it and seeing if you can pick up the nutmeg scent. I also find that the supporting tastes come out as a nice finish after eating the orange. Share with friends! Enjoy and be fruitful! chris@fruitguys.com
Nutritional Information:
Serving Size: 1 medium orange
62 calories. Calories from fat, 0.
Total Fat, Cholesterol, Sodium, 0 grams each.
Potassium, 237 milligrams; Carbohydrates, 14 grams; Fiber, 3 grams;
Protein, 1 gram; Vitamin A, 3%; Calcium, 5%; Folate, 10%;
Vitamin C, 117%; Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calories diet.
Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on
your calorie needs.

 

Subscribe to the WEEKLY BITE

* indicates required

 

Recent The FruitLife articles:

Beehives, swales, and vermicomposting, oh my!
April 29, 2019
Spring fruit varieties and how to enjoy them
April 16, 2019
A tribute to the “Lemon Lady” of Redwood City
March 11, 2019
The FruitGuys New Year’s poem
January 8, 2019
Sowing the seeds of entrepreneurship
October 31, 2018
Give the delicious gift of farm-fresh fruit and healthy snacks
October 4, 2018
Summer to fall transition brings new fruit into the rotation
October 2, 2018
Bring some fruitful fun to your workplace on Tuesday, October 2
September 27, 2018
Farmer suicide is a public health threat and could hurt our food supply
August 14, 2018
How to keep your favorite fruit fresh through the summer heat
July 19, 2018

More recent articles:

Best onboarding practices
May 21, 2019
Quick, easy steps to spruce up your office space
May 14, 2019
Grilled portobello recipe
May 9, 2019
How to prepare physically and mentally for race day
May 9, 2019
Three simple ways to enjoy watermelon radishes
May 2, 2019
Easy spring salad recipe
April 25, 2019
Reduce plastic use with these earth-friendly alternatives
April 22, 2019
Food:
History of the tomato
April 18, 2019
How to make sure you’re getting enough iron in your diet
April 11, 2019
How fostering psychological safety increases performance
April 8, 2019

About Us

Our online magazine offers a taste of workplace culture, trends, and healthy living. It features recipes for easy, delicious work meals and tips on quick office workouts. It's also an opportunity to learn about our GoodWorks program, which helps those in need in our communities and supports small, sustainable farms.