Navel oranges are a winter orange with thick, bright orange skin and sweet, juicy fruit. They can be used in cooking, in salads, desserts, and sauces, and for snacking on raw.
Navel oranges are round to slightly oval and 3 to 4 inches in diameter, with medium to thick rind which is bright orange in color with a slightly pebbly texture. Underneath the rind is a white pith which is easily removed.
The fruit itself is seedless and made up of 10 to 12 sections of tender, juicy flesh with a sweet, tangy, and tart flavor with low acidity.
They are very rich in vitamin C, they contain sugars, potassium, calcium, phosphorus and vitamin A.
They’re named because of the small indentation on the outside of the rind, situated at the opposite end from the stem, that somewhat resembles a human navel.