Ripeness Of Oranges - Knowledgebase Question

La Jolla, CA
Question by miriambloch
March 11, 2000
There is a small orange tree in the yard of the house I moved into. How do I tell when the oranges are fully ripe? I do not know the variety of tree, but approximately how long does it take for oranges to mature from the time the tree flowers?


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Answer from NGA
March 11, 2000

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Citrus ripens according to climatic conditions so there's no stead-fast rule in calculating when a particular fruit will be ready to pick. You'll have to harvest an orange and taste it to see if it's ripe. Citrus can remain on the tree for weeks after it's fully ripe, so there's no danger leaving the fruit on the tree until after a few trial and error taste tests. Wish there were an easier way for you to tell for sure!

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