Someone has been feeding my orange tree an animal based diet! Look at that cellulite!
But being serious, maybe this is the impact of the drought? I’ve never seen orange peels look like this. They are amazingly sweet though … I don’t think I’ve tasted sweeter oranges in my life.
I think it might have something to do with the water because of the way the centers are pulling away. It’s like the inside part of the orange (pulp) is contracting. It’s pulling in from the outside (giving the visible lumpiness to the zest & pericarp on the outside), and pulling out from the inside, creating the separation from the central column.
They are ripe though, but some I still have to give a solid pull. A few just started dropping, so I know it isn’t overripe.