The peak time for the navel oranges (Merlins), which consist the prime kind of oranges that are being produced in Epirus, starts at the end of November and lasts until April.
It is an orange of medium size nut, of round or oval shape, bright orange colour, juicy pulp orwith no seed pulp, with unique fragrance and of medium thickness peel. This kind of orangethrives in mid- November until mid -January. Navalines stand out for their sweet taste andtheir prematurity.
Primarily grown for processing and orange juice production, Valencia oranges have seeds, varying in number from zero to seven per fruit. However, its excellent taste and internal color make it desirable for the fresh markets, too. The fruit has an average diameter of 2.7 to 3 inches (70 – 76 mm).