navel orange


Definition of navel orange 

: a seedless orange having a pit at the apex where the fruit encloses a small secondary fruit

called also navel

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In particular, king-sized navel oranges look and taste spectacular. Debbie Arrington, sacbee, "California citrus: Short crop long on flavor," 6 Feb. 2018 Unlike the navel orange, the blood orange is available only in December through May. The blood orange is an excellent source of fiber and vitamin C, and contains small doses of protein and potassium. Heloise, Houston Chronicle, "Fluent in French cooking?," 3 July 2018 Despite the ruby red interior, the blood orange tastes just like a navel orange. Heloise, Houston Chronicle, "Fluent in French cooking?," 3 July 2018 Some of the trees and plants envisioned for the forest include navel orange, Persian lime, peach, apple, pear, plum, blueberry, fig and pomegranate varieties. Kim Chatelain,, "'Incredible Edible' forest takes root in Mandeville," 23 May 2018 Just sauté steak and top it with a mix of navel orange slices and alcaparrado—a blend of olives, pimientos and capers. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Beef Valencia," 18 June 2014 Blood oranges are the less acidic citric cousin to navel oranges, meaning its tart, berry-like overtones accentuate our IPA in an amazing way. Bailey Loosemore, The Courier-Journal, "Get to know Gravely Brewing Co., a craft brewery in Louisville," 4 Mar. 2018 Cut the blood oranges and navel orange crosswise into 1/4-inch slices and place in a low bowl. Debbie Arrington, sacbee, "California citrus: Short crop long on flavor," 6 Feb. 2018 Valencia oranges, the world’s most popular orange, have twice as much juice as navel oranges, the king of California citrus. Debbie Arrington, sacbee, "Make lemons, other citrus last longer," 6 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of navel orange

1856, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of navel orange

: a kind of orange that does not have seeds

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