Kopke works with growers in South Africa, Chile, Peru, Uruguay, Morocco, and Spain to offer our customers a full category of citrus, including wide selection of orange, mandarin, and specialty varieties.
The Minneola tangelo is a specific hybrid citrus fruit that is made by crossing the Duncan or Bowen grapefruit and the “Darcy” variety of tangerine, also called a mandarin orange. The fruit combines the sweetness of the mandarin with the tart flavors of the grapefruit, and it is highly prized for its juiciness and combination of sweet/sour flavors.
Lemon trees produce year-round with blossoms, buds, and mature fruit appearing all at once on the tree. The skin colors can sometimes get quite freakish blends of green, yellow and brown. Lemons are usually hand picked. Lemons must look firm and have a glossy, bright yellow color. The skin should also have a fine-graded appearance.
The grapefruit is a subtropical citrus tree grown for its fruit which was originally named the “forbidden fruit” of Barbados. The fruit is yellow-orange skinned, largely oblate and ranges in diameter from 10-15 cm. The flesh is segmented and acidic, varying in color depending on the cultivars, which include white, pink and red pulps of varying sweetness.
These oranges are probably the best eating oranges in the world. The Navel is a seedless orange, oval with thick, easy-to-remove peel and segments that separate cleanly. Though not normally used as a juice orange, the Navel can be juiced, but the juice must be used immediately or it will become bitter. The word “navel” comes from the development of a secondary fruit at the end of the main fruit, which causes a belly-button look.
The Cara Cara navel, or red-fleshed navel orange is an early-to-midseason navel orange believed to have developed as a cross between the Washington navel and the Brazilian Bahia navel. This medium sized navel is sweet and low in acid. The flavor is more complex than most navel varieties and has been described as evoking notes of cherry, rose petal, orange, and blackberry.
Clemenule is a variety of mandarin oranges. The Clemenule is a large and varied family that differs from an orange with a smaller fruit that can be slightly flat on each end, and a loose or puffy skin that is easily separated from the pulp. Segments are easily separated and the juice has less acid than a normal orange. This makes them an ideal snack for children, or for adults on the go.
One of the most popular mandarin varieties the W. Murcott is more resilient to colder temperatures than other mandarin varieties. The bronze-speckled flesh is easy to peel and harbors easily separable, juicy sections which may or may not contain seeds.
The Tango mandarin has very similar eating qualities to the W. Murcott, boasting an easily peeled skin and separable flesh that’s up to 50% juice. This hybrid is completely seedless and only has a limited availability.