Fresh orange slices next to a whole orange

How to select

Choose citrus fruits that are firm and feel heavy for their size.

How to prepare

Leave the rind on the orange and cut into slices or wedges or peel oranges and separate slices to eat or add to recipes.

How to store

Store oranges at room temperature for 5-7 days. Refrigerate for up to 3 weeks.

Peak season


Ways to use

  • Fresh squeezed orange juice—so refreshing!
  • Tuck them into a chicken wrap with warm vegetables.
  • Add to a spinach salad with ripe strawberries and walnuts.
  • Toss sliced oranges into creamy chicken or tuna salad.
  • Brighten up your lunch with a colorful fruit salad.

Fun facts

  • Navel oranges are named because of the belly-button formation opposite the stem.
  • The bigger the navel, the sweeter the fruit. 
  • The tree can grow to reach 30 ft and live for over a 100 years.
  • When growing in hot countries, oranges will not turn orange but will stay green; however the taste will be the same.
  • After chocolate and vanilla, orange is the worlds favorite flavor.

Nutrition info and facts

Oranges are high in vitamin C, which supports immune health. Oranges provide vitamin B6, which is important for healthy brain function. Oranges are appropriate to include in a heart-healthy diet.

1 medium orange = 60 calories, 3 g fiber, 12 g sugar, 1 g protein, 70 mg vitamin C, 6% recommended calcium, 237 mg potassium, 15 g carbohydrate

Learn more

Growing citrus indoors (UMN Extension)

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WebMD. Oranges. September 15, 2022.