The Algarve orange is nationally and internationally recognized for its quality, distinct taste, and aroma unlike any other. The Algarve region, as we all know, boasts a mild climate with a significant number of sunny hours and moderate rainfall, coupled with fertile soil, all contributing to the quality of oranges produced in this region. Here, farmers employ traditional cultivation techniques for pest and disease control.
The Algarve orange is renowned for its sweet and succulent taste, smooth and shiny texture, and vibrant, appetizing orange color. No one can resist its flavor, both in Portuguese lands and abroad; the Algarve orange is appreciated in every corner of the world.
Portuguese people are truly passionate about this type of orange, not only as a fruit but also transformed into juices, jams, desserts, and liqueurs. It's a part of the country's gastronomic heritage and is used in numerous traditional dishes, imparting them with a characteristic citrusy flavor. Its presence in national cuisine makes it an essential part of Portuguese culinary identity.
The reputation of the Algarve orange attracts tourists and drives commerce in Portugal. The opportunity to taste and take home this unique fruit lures many visitors to the southern part of the country. The trade of Algarve oranges, both domestically and in exports, contributes to the growth of the Portuguese economy, generating jobs and boosting the agricultural sector. According to data from the National Institute of Statistics (INE), over 350 thousand tons of oranges were produced in the country, making Portugal the fourth-largest orange producer in the EU. The Algarve orange, being unique and possessing an irreplaceable taste, plays a significant role in this production.
The Algarve orange is a source of national pride, representing a high-quality product recognized internationally, enhancing Portugal's reputation as a producer. It symbolizes agricultural knowledge and the hard work of local producers, evoking a sense of pride and national identity.
It has a round shape, a bright and tempting color, but do not be fooled by its appearance; this fruit can sometimes be tricky. To get to the juicy segments, peeling it can be a real workout. The reality is, the sweeter it is, the trickier it is to peel without getting messy.
But jokes aside, unlike most other fruits, the Algarve orange is available all year round. Although there's a difference; the "summer orange" is sweet and juicy, while the orange for the rest of the year is drier, suitable for eating at the table.
In summary, the Algarve orange is highly valued by both the national and international audience due to its exceptional quality, unique taste, gastronomic experience, regional product status, and nutritional benefits. It has become a hallmark in the history of Portuguese gastronomy and a major attraction for visitors wishing to explore authentic Portuguese flavors and indulge in a unique culinary experience.
So, if life gives you oranges... make orange juice and savor the moment!
Cláudia Ferreira, who holds a degree in Communication Sciences from Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa, is currently serving as the assistant director and commercial representative at Casaiberia.