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Am I nuts or have the oranges been really good this year?

Jennie Sheeks | Feb 6, 200304:29 PM

I've eaten oranges all my life. They were a staple in my lunches as a kid, skin carefully scored by Mom for easy lunchtime peeling. I've bought them in my adulthood and enjoyed them, but this winter they seem to be especially good. I mean, I look forward to having one as an afternoon snack at work. And I'm talking just the regular old navel oranges that I buy at Raley's or Safeway in Napa. All have been juicy, sweet, bursting with flavor. No dry, mealy, pithy, thick skinned, hard or sourish ones yet. I've lived in the Bay Area all my life, so I don't think it's regional variations.

So, is it just that my memory is fuzzy and the oranges this year are the same as they've always been? Or am I just managing to pick perfect oranges each time I shop? Maybe I've reached a higher level of consciousness where oranges are concerned!? Or is there really a quality difference this year thanks to growing conditions etc? Anyone else in our beautiful Bay Area notice a difference in the oranges this year?

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