Navel Rohde is an excellent ‘ultra’ late navel with wonderful flavour, sweetness and juiciness. The peel is deep orange with moderate peebling: finer and slightly thicker than Lane Late, but easy to remove. The fruit is more elongated than many navel varieties.
As most navel oranges, Rohde is seedless.
Rohde is one of a series of very late-season navel oranges from Australia, others being Summer Gold, Autumn Gold, Powell, Edwards, Chislett, Barnfield and Toomey. They are often measured against Lane Late, a popular variety with growers: Rohde can successfully hang on the tree for 90 days longer than Lane Late.
Good Fruit Guide Rating: *****
Navel Rodhe is a wonderful late-season navel orange.
Sweet, flavoursome, juicy.
Names: Navel Rohde; Rohde Summer Navel; Citrus sinensis L. Osbeck; USPP7651
Origin: The variety was first selected in Australia by Peter McLaren of Red Cliffs, Victoria, Australia, circa 1978. It was discovered in an orchard of White Marsh Seedless grapefruit, but is probably a sport of Washington Navel. The US Plant Patent was granted in September, 1991.
Grown in: Australia, South Africa, Spain, California.
Harvest & Availability: Harvest is about 3 weeks later that Lane Late and similar to Navel Powell. Availability in the UK is generally as follows:
- April: Spain
- May: Spain
- June: Spain