Som Saa mandarin
Citrus reticulata Blanco
Photos by David Karp and Toni Siebert, CVC. Photo rights.
Source: Received as seed from Thailand, via W. Reuther, 1970.
Parentage/origins: Parents unknown.
Rootstocks of accession: Carrizo citrange, C-35 citrange
Season of ripeness at Riverside: Unknown at this time.
Notes and observations:
EMN, 3/1987: Most on ground. Medium size, medium orange rind color, peels & sections fair, moderate number of seeds, rich flavor, still slightly tart, somewhat similar to Kara.
EMN, 6/1989: Memo dated 10/5/70 (Reuther to Nauer): Citrus species called Som Saa or Som Sar, as nearly as this Thai name can be transliterated. Used as a condiment. Has winged petiole and leaf blade serrated slightly, suggesting lemon or citron blood. Collected on Bangkok market, August 15, 1970.
Availability: Not commercially available in California.
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