The Villari Group selects Sicilian oranges, authentic symbol of this sunny and luxuriant land, belonging to the Tarocco, Moro, Navel and Valencia varieties. They have irrefutable beneficial properties for our body: the presence of vitamins (vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamins B1, B2 and B3) and bioflavonoids make it a concentrate of health.
Oranges have a rather rough outer rind that, when ripe, has a colour ranging from yellow to orange, even up to red. The inner part is pulpy and divided into more or less juicy segments, depending on the variety: in the markets, in fact, generally the so-called “table” oranges are separated from those that are purchased only for squeezing.
The Tarocco orange is the most widespread and well-known variety in Italy: it has a round shape and an orange peel tinged with more or less intense red, just as its pulp is. Tarocco oranges are appreciated for their sweetness.
The Moro orange has a more intense taste and a brighter colour than the others. It has a spherical and ovoid shape, with the peel having shades of orange just on one side. The pulp has no seeds and is wine red in colour: it is the most pigmented orange and its flavour is truly special, at times even reminiscent of raspberry.
The Red Orange of Sicily PGI is grown in the eastern part of the island, between the provinces of Catania, Enna and Syracuse, in the territories surrounding the Etna volcano. The nature of the soil, the climate, the broad temperature ranges and the sun make this product a unique example of high quality and typicality. The Moro and Tarocco varieties are a seasonal fruit, available from mid-December to the end of April.
The blonde orange is a very common variety of citrus, characterised by a shade ranging from yellow to intense orange, with a sweeter tasting pulp compared to blood oranges. Its segments are very juicy and contain vitamins and minerals.
There are two types:
Navel: with an intense orange colour, at the base it has a navel (which is where its name comes from). The segments have a fine grain, juicy pulp and sweet taste. The ripening period is from mid-December to May.
Valencia: light orange in colour, it is characterised by a spherical shape and a medium-thick peel. The orange-blonde coloured pulp is very juicy and seedless. The ripening phase is very late: it begins towards the end of April and the harvest lasts until June.