Shamouti is a medium to large, oval-shaped sweet orange. It is nearly seedless, and has a thick, leathery rind and peels well.
The Jaffa orange, a label introduced by German Templers in the late 19th century and also known by their Arabic name, Shamouti orange.Today the variety is practically extinct.
The fruit is mid sized and easy to peel as the skin is thick the fruit segments easily also. It’s a good all rounder for eating and juicing.
The ShamoutI or Jaffa Orange has a long and very interesting history, as many “old world” citrus varieties do. However this particular citrus fruit has a political story that is both fascinating and complex.
Once the Shamouti orange was Israel’s most revered export, bred as an easy peel orange it is almost seedless and the fruit sold full of middle Eastern sunshine and exoticness
The ‘Brand’ Jaffa captured the European and American market. Hollywood celebrities promoting both the fruit and the juice of Jaffa, the name became synonymous with oranges, good health and deliciousness.
The picking and packing of the fruit employed thousands of peasants and workers from Palestine, Egypt, Syria and Lebanon, that was until 1948 when the bombs fell in the Arab – Israeli war and took out orchard after orchard of Shamouti Oranges.