Clementine Ain Taoujdate
Citrus clementina hort. ex Tanaka
Photos by David Karp and Toni Siebert, CVC. Photo rights.
Source: Received as budwood from Bachir, N. Morocco, Station Centrale de Recherches Sur Les, October 2009.
Parentage/origins: This clementine selection was reported to have been a sport found in 1960 in an orchard at an experimental research station in the town of Ain Taoujdate in El Hajeb Province, Meknès-Tafilalet, Morocco.
Rootstocks of accession: Carrizo citrange, C-35 citrange
Season of ripeness at Riverside: October to November
Notes and observations:
According to results reported by Nadori and Nhami (2005), in Morocco Ain Taoujdate clementine was very similar in appearance to Sidi Aissa clementine. In a trial at an experimental station in El Menzeh in the early 1980s, fruit quality characteristics of Ain Taoujdate were evaluated against those of Sidi Aissa and Cadoux (also known as Fina) on different rootstocks. In comparison with the Cadoux selection, both Ain Taoujdate and Sidi Aissa were found to have better production and fruit size, as well as later rind coloring and a thicker rind. Ain Taoujdate and Sidi Aissa fruit were also reported to store better on the tree and during postharvest. According to Morrish (2004) in the Newletter of the Murray Valley Citrus Board for Australian Citrus, Ain Taoujdate was harvested in November in Morocco at the same time as Sidi Aissa, and Ain Taoujdate produced higher yields than Clemenules (also referred to as Nules) clementine.
Availability: Commercially available in California through the Citrus Clonal Protection Program.
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