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.

Tarocco oranges are 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

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
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  • August: South Africa
  • September: South Africa
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  • December: Italy