The Delta Seedless orange is very similar to a Valencia Late, but is regarded as having slightly improved fruit characteristics. It is more productive and the fruit is slightly larger and more consistent than the standard Valencia Late, while acid levels are lower and drop earlier allowing an earlier harvest by 2-3 weeks. Most fruit are seedless.
Delta Seedless is very good all-round orange for sweetness, flavour and juice content, though can be quite tangy at times.
Good Fruit Guide Rating: ***
Names: Delta Seedless; Delta Valencia; plu 3028, 3153, 3154
Origin: The variety was first identified in 1952 by the Government Entomologist, A. Smith, in Rustenburg, South Africa. It was thought to be of Valencia parentage.
Grown in: Mainly grown in South Africa, but also in Zimbabwe, Spain and Australia.
Harvest & Availability: Availability for the UK and European market
- April: Spain
- May: Spain
- June: Spain
- July: Spain
- September: South Africa
- October: South Africa
- November: South Africa