Navelencia navel orange
Citrus sinensis (L.) Osbeck
Photos by David Karp and Toni Siebert, 1/15/2010, CVC. Photo rights.
Source: Received as budwood from Dr. Fawcett's Florida collection, 1914.
Parentage/origins: Parents unknown.
Rootstocks of accession: Carrizo citrange, C-35 citrange
Season of ripeness at Riverside: December to January
Notes and observations:
EMN, 12/14/1989: Contrary to the name, which suggests that it might be a very late navel, Navelencia matures slightly earlier than Washington; just after Thomson. Not planted for many years. This info from The Citrus Industry. Maybe, since it matures between late Valencia & navel, it should have been named Valencavel. Should we re-name it? Anyway, back to seriousness: Fruit has smooth rind, somewhat coarse flesh, is sweet now. Fruit compared with Thomson and found to be very similar. If anything, Navelencia fruit may be even smoother rinded than Thomson.
Description from The Citrus Industry Vol. 1 (1967):
"Fruit paler in color than Washington; rind much smoother (similar to Thomson), and slightly tougher; navel somewhat prominent but usually closed. Maturity slightly earlier than Washington, but later than Thomson. Flesh texture firm, but juicier than Thomson; flavor as good or better. Fruit holds better on tree than Thomson.
Availability: Commercially available in California through the Citrus Clonal Protection Program.
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