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Old 12-17-2013, 01:50 PM
 
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I picked Ocala at random. Hopefully someone will know. What has happened to the old-fashioned, original oranges that I grew up on? Nowadays, whenever I break down and order some oranges from Florida, they are hybrids - crosses between every citrus on the market, I think - and they do not taste like the oranges that I remember. We used to get just plain oranges as nature created them, sweet and juicy. They weren't crossed with grapefruit or anything else. Of course, in our grocery stores, the only oranges we get come from California and - forgive me - have no taste.

Does anyone know? Does anyone remember the old Florida oranges? Are they all cross-breeds now - in the groves anyway? I know Uncle Tave had an orange tree in his back yard that had "nature's own" oranges.

I await your stories.
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Old 12-17-2013, 05:17 PM
 
Location: Ocala, FL
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The bitter winters of the early 1980's was devastating to the Florida citrus industry. Sure there are still many areas that still grow citrus, just not nearly as many as there used to be.
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Old 12-18-2013, 04:01 AM
 
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The bitter winters of the early 1980's was devastating to the Florida citrus industry. Sure there are still many areas that still grow citrus, just not nearly as many as there used to be.
But what I meant was the original "straight, nature-made oranges". In other words, not hybrids of grapefruit and such.

What brought this on was six boxes of oranges that I ordered. They are a hybrid of a previous hybrid of tangerine and grapefruit. Of course, I knew this when I ordered but the catalog is full of these hybrids of one kind or another. I just started wondering if the plain oranges that I grew up are still grown and sold.

Let me hasten to add that these are pretty good. They don't have the sweetness of what we used to get long ago. But I suppose hybrids improve the fruit in some ways.
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Old 12-18-2013, 05:47 AM
 
Location: Ocala, FL
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I would imagine that the growers, in their effort to make the trees more freeze resistant, created new hybrid trees that don't have the same taste of old.
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Old 12-18-2013, 06:00 AM
 
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I would imagine that the growers, in their effort to make the trees more freeze resistant, created new hybrid trees that don't have the same taste of old.
You are probably right. Then they quit selling the original fruit? Time marches on and I reminisce.
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