This year’s Aussie orange season looking sweet

Posted by Nicole Eckersley on 13th April 2011

Australians will be in for a treat this winter, with quantity and quality of the Aussie grown navel expected to be the highest in several seasons.

CEO of Citrus Australia, Judith Damiani, said more than 240,000 tonnes of Aussie navels would be produced this year, compared to 177,000 tonnes in 2010, with quality expected to be high.

“This year’s Australian orange season is shaping up to be the best we have seen in many years due to favourable growing conditions, so I’d encourage Australian’s to support their local growers by purchasing delicious, locally grown oranges,” Ms Damiani said.

Ms Damiani said Citrus Australia’s newly launched national quality standards program would also help ensure all Aussie orange varieties available were of a consistently high quality.

“The new program will focus on juice and sugar content and the balance between sugar and acid at different times throughout the supply chain, starting in the packing shed,” she said.

“This is great news for consumers and they can rest assured the quality of their favourite Aussie grown citrus fruit is of the high standard they expect.”

Ms Damiani said not only were Aussie grown oranges delicious, but also the ideal fruit to protect the body against infection and disease.

“According to a CSIRO report, one orange contains twice the recommended daily intake of Vitamin C, which has been shown to increase antibody activity and resistance to infection,” Ms Damiani said.

“The report also stated that oranges contain more than 170 polyphenols, which have an anti-inflammatory action that can help to slow down the ageing process and help maintain your skin’s healthy glow.”

“I’d encourage Australians to make the most of our abundant supply this season by enjoying a nutrient packed Aussie grown orange,” she said.