Solid Scarlet mandarin
Citrus reticulata Blanco
Photos by David Karp and Toni Siebert, CVC. Photo rights.
Source: Received as budwood from Ted Frolich, UCLA Variety Block R-8, T-2a, 1960.
Parentage/origins: Parents unknown.
Rootstocks of accession: Carrizo citrange, C-35 citrange
Season of ripeness at Riverside: Unknown at this time.
Notes and observations:
Budwood received at CRC from Frolich is from a seedling tree. Seed came from an old budline Solid Scarlet mandarin with a PI number of 139199-- JAB. Burgess
EMN, 3/1987: Large fruit, medium orange rind. Somewhat puffy, easy peeler, few to moderate seed count, slight rag, flavor sweet but watery, no character.
Notes from T. Tankaka, Citrologia, p. 34, 1961: "Indigenous plants have...spiny erect trunk...very spiny branches, large leaves, fruit small...rind thick, many seeds, pulp acid."
Description from The Citrus Industry Vol. 1 (1967):
" Scarlet is an old Australian variety no longer grown commercially. It produces a medium-sized, seedy, reddish-orange fruit of early midseason maturity that puffs excessively, and keeps poorly. The tree is productive. Emperor fruit are large, oblate; base usually with short furrowed neck; apex flattened or slightly depressed. Rind medium-thin, firm but fairly loosely adherent; surface moderately smooth; color yellowish-orange to pale orange. Segments 9 to 10, readily separable; axis hollow. Flesh color light orange; tender and juicy; flavor pleasant. Seeds moderately numerous, long-pointed, and polyembryonic. Early midseason in maturity. Loses quality rapidly if stored on tree much past maturity.
Availability: Not commercially available in California.
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