Jaffa Oranges have a thick skin that peels easily. Inside it is a pale orange with only a few seeds.
The flesh is sweet and juicy, though not juicy enough to be used for juice production.
The orange can be left on the tree and not picked until it is needed.
Jaffa became the main city for exporting the oranges grown in that area. The quality of the oranges was noted as early as 1886 (by the American consul in Jerusalem, Henry Gillman.)
Development of the orange export industry was made possible by two things that came together at the end of the 1800s: the advent of steam ships, which could get the oranges to markets abroad faster, and the installation of motorized pumps for irrigation which allowed increased production to meet the demand.
The oranges were wrapped in paper, and then packed in wood cases, about 120 to 150 oranges per case, weighing about 35 kg. Wood for the packing cases had to be imported from Europe.
By 1892, the firm Goodyear and Co. was shipping 15,000 to 20,000 cases in season every 10 days to Liverpool, England. The oranges were admitted duty-free into the UK.
Prominent in the commercialization of the Jaffa orange export market were a group of German settlers in Sarona, near Jaffa, known as Templers.
Jaffa Oranges are now (2004) being priced out of the market in Europe by oranges from Spain and Greece, which being EU members, can sell their oranges without tariffs applied to them. The oranges are still remembered fondly in the UK, especially through the name of the biscuit called a "Jaffa Cake".
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