Parson's Special mandarin
Citrus reticulata Blanco
Photos by David Karp and Toni Siebert, CVC. Photo rights.
Source: Received as budwood from Dr. Fawcett's #106, Florida collection, 1914.
Parentage/origins: Parents unknown.
Rootstocks of accession: Carrizo citrange, C-35 citrange
Season of ripeness at Riverside: Unknown at this time.
Notes and observations:
From Australia. This accession had seedling yellows, removed by thermotherapy (Thermo 1128-2).--EMN 1985.
EMN, 10/1988: Dr. Bitters put a question mark by this one in the accession book recently. What's the problem? I don't know. Perhaps he'll tell me someday.
EMN, 1/20/1989: Soft & puffy already. Round, medium large, medium to dark orange. Peels & sections well. Flesh dark orange, tender & melting but not real juicy; numerous seeds. Flavor rich but probably over-the-hill now.
11/13/1989: Breaking color; peels well, good flavor, still slightly tart. BUT: Already slightly puffy, VERY seedy, section membranes a bit tough & chewy. Probably not promising.
Availability: Not commercially available in California.
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