Oranges are the state fruit and beverage and over 50 million pounds are harvested in Hillsborough County

Harvest: Oranges 

Learn all about the oranges grown in Hillsborough County.

When are fresh Hillsborough County oranges available at local groceries and farm stands?

October through May

What varieties of oranges are grown commercially here?

Valencia, Navel, and various types of tangerines, all in many varieties

Where are oranges most commonly grown in Hillsborough County?

South and East County. There also are groves in the Lutz/Odessa area.

How many acres are planted with oranges?

Citrus, including grapefruit, are grown on 5,585 acres in Hillsborough County

How many pounds of oranges are harvested?

About 54 million pounds of oranges were harvested in the 2016-'17 growing season.  

Fun fact

The great majority of the United States' orange juice is made from Florida-grown oranges. The orange is Florida's official state fruit; orange juice is the state beverage; the orange blossom is the state flower.

Local insight

Florida-grown citrus, both fresh fruit and juice, is labeled as such. So, look for Florida-grown and Florida not-from-concentrate labeling. Dooley Groves is the last grower, packer, processor in Hillsborough County.

Last Modified: 2/22/2024, 3:37:24 PM

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