Tarocco is a mid to late-season, pigmented blood orange with delicious, melting, sweet segments. The flavour is outstanding, being rich and fragrant with lovely balance to the sweetness and acids. The deep orange-coloured, finely pebbled skin is of medium thickness and is easy to peel.
The Tarocco orange is reported to have the highest vitamin C level of all orange varieties.
The Tarocco Ippolito is one of a number of selections of the variety that has the deepest pigmentation of all Tarocco clones and has exceptional levels of the flavanoid, anthocyanin.
Good Fruit Guide Rating: *****
Consumers will be delighted by the eating quality of a good Tarocco, which is among the finest oranges available.
Fine, tender, flavoursome
Names: Tarocco; Tarocco Ippolito; Tarocco Sciara; Tarocco Meli; Tarocco Sant’Alfio; Tarocco Lempso
Origin: The Tarocco is thought to derive from the Sanguigno, Sicily’s oldest blood orange.
Grown in: Italy, Spain, South Africa. The finest Tarocco oranges are generally thought to come from Sicily.
Harvest & Availability:
- January: Italy, Spain
- February: Italy, Spain
- March: Italy, Spain
- August: South Africa
- September: South Africa
- December: Italy