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Maltaise demi sanguine blood orange

Citrus sinensis (L.) Osbeck

CRC 4224

VI 798 (No longer available)


Photos by David Karp and Toni Siebert, CVC.  Photo rights.  


Source: Received as budwood fromCCPP, 2011, who received this accession from Valencia, Spain, 2007.


Parentage/origins: Probable origin is reported to be Corsica, France, around 1970. the introduction was from budwood from the eastern plain of Corsica.


Rootstocks of accession: Carrizo citrange, C-35 citrange


Season of ripeness at Riverside: January to March


Notes and observations:

Translated to mean Maltese half blood orange, it is the variety most closely associated with Tunisia, which is the sole producer and exporter. It is regarded by connoisseurs in Tunisia as the best sweet orange in the world. Is said to fully express its full potential grown on the peninsula of Cap Bon. This is an old variety of unknown origin, which belongs to the same group as the blood oranges that include Sanguinelli Moscati. It's of average size (100 to 180 grams) and has a slightly oval shape, easily peeled, smooth skin, tender flesh, juicy, and has particularly pleasant sweetness balanced by good acidity. The Maltese demi sanguine makes it's red blood color on the side of the fruit exposed to more sun, which is where the term "half blood" comes from. Season is reported to be from the beginning of January until late March and early April.

Another accession of 'Maltaise (demi-) sanguine is maintained as PI 654873 (RCRC 4085) and its variant 'Boukhobza' is maintained as PI 658351 (RCRC 4156). 'Maltaise demi-sanguine' is a very old and well known cultivar and information on it is abundantly available on the interwebs. Indeed, you can learn More Than You Probably Want To Know About 'Maltaise Sanguine' (the source of the citations below) as well as citriculture in Tunisia, the most important producer of this cultivar. (RR Krueger, 07/08/2011)

Availability: No longer commercially available in California. This accession no longer has an approved budsource. Please refer to the CCPP for information on another approved budsource or to start a reintroduction inquiry.


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