Depending on the specific characteristics of the variety, and the soil and climatic conditions, citrus fruits have development cycles, between flowering (usually in the spring) and ripening, ranging from 10 to 16 months.
The varieties can be categorized according to their period of ripening, that is, early, middle or late-season fruits. The fruit harvested during the ripening period tends to be sweeter and less acidic.
In ideal weather conditions, the tree begins to produce in the third year following planting, and increases its production until its tenth year, when it is considered to be fully grown. On average a tree will produce fruit annually, for a period of two to four months, for up to 20 years, according to the varieties of the crown and the rootstock used.
Westin and Rubi oranges are spherical, with thin peels, an intense orange color and a very tasty juice. They can be consumed in natura and are also used in the preparation of juices. The Hamlin orange is a small fruit with a thin peel and a yellowish color. It has a low juice content, a low sugar concentration and a slightly acidic taste.
Harvesting period: from May to August.