Yes, you read that right, I said chocolate orange fruit. As you know, I live in Sweden so going to the grocery can sometimes be an adventure. You have the same thingss at the grocer, majority of the time, and I mostly shop by sight, use google translate on my phone as needed when looking for something specific. Yesterday, I was at the local grocery, ICA, that is one of the largest chains in Sweden. As I entered the produce section, I see these very dark orange fruits that are the same shape and size of oranges. I read the sign, apelsin choklad, which is I actually can read, orange chocolate (apelsin is the orange fruit in Sweden, I have explained at the bottom). I ask my boyfriend, if he has ever seen chocolate oranges before, he had not. So of course, we bought one.
I researched chocolate orange, as it is fascinating to find a new fruit. They are called Navel Chocolate Oranges, from Valencia. A few years ago, a grower in a citrus orchard in Valencia discovered brown-coloured oranges on a navel tree. The fruit on all other trees had the usual orange colour. He decided to have the brown oranges analysed and the result was surprising. The brown-coloured oranges turned out to be better in quality and flavour than the other oranges.
The harvest of the variety starts in December, when the brown colour of the oranges is sufficiently developed and it lasts until mid-January. These oranges are available around the world, even in the US, so keep a lookout for them.
I cut the orange this morning , looks like an typical orange on the inside. The taste is like a typical orange too, except not as tart or sweet, also not as pulpy. My boyfriend and I like it, nice new fruit to try, will definitely purchase a few next time I see them in the grocery. However, we were a bit disappointed it did not taste like chocolate.
I'll convert this for you to US$, this is $5.41 per kg. A kg is about 2.2 lb, so about $2.46 per lb - not cheap.
Orgin of Apelsin (fruit orange)
In Indo-European languages, the words for orange allude to the eastern origin of the fruit and can be translated literally as "apple from China". Some examples are German Apfelsine (alternative name for Orange and common in northern Germany), Dutch appelsien and sinaasappel, Swedish apelsin, Russian апельсин (apelsin) and Norwegian appelsin.