Barberina is a late maturing orange from the blanca or common orange group. It is very similar to Valencia Late, but has a lighter peel colour, slightly lower acids and similar sugars. It is therefore considered a better eating orange and is a good alternative to late-harvest navels. The shape is round to elongate, it is mainly seedless and has a good juice content of 50-55%. The tree has darker, larger leaves and a darker bark compared to Valencia Late.
This variety is rated well by growers due to its eating quality, but also the late harvest (Spain: March to June) and its ability to hang well on the tree (Spain: until July).
Name: Barberina (registered name).
Origin: Barberina is the result of a spontaneous mutation of Valencia Late, discovered in Rafelcofer, Valencia, Spain by Vicente Barber in 1982.
Grown in: Spain
Harvest & Availability: For UK market:
- May: Spain
- June: Spain