Navel Powell is an excellent ‘ultra’ late navel with good flavour, sweetness and juiciness. The peel is deeper orange, finer and slightly thicker than Lane Late, but easy to remove. The fruit is more elongated than many navel varieties.
As most navel oranges, Powell is seedless.
Powell is one of a series of very late-season navel oranges from Australia, others being Summer Gold, Autumn Gold, Edwards, Chislett, Barnfield and Toomey. They are often measured against Lane Late, a popular variety with grower: Powell can successfully hang on the tree for 90 days longer than Lane Late.
Good Fruit Guide Rating: *****
Navel Powell is a wonderful late-season navel orange.
Sweet, flavoursome, juicy.
Names: Navel Powell; Powell Summer Navel; Citrus sinensis L. Osbeck; USPP6733
Origin: The variety was first selected in Australia by Clive Neil Powell, Curlwaa, NSW, circa 1978. It was discovered in an orchard of Valencia Late, but is probably a sport of Washington Navel. The US Plant Patent was granted in April 1989.
Grown in: Australia, South Africa, Spain, California.
Harvest & Availability: Harvest is about 3 weeks later that Lane Late. Availability in the UK is generally as follows:
- April: Spain
- May: Spain
- June: Spain
- September: South Africa
US Plant Patent – Powell navel
UCR – Powell navel