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Frua mandarin
Citrus reticulata Blanco RUTACEAE

CRC 3022

PI 539501

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


Source: Received in an unknown form from an unknown source in 1950. Produced at UCR.


Parentage/origins: King tangor x Dancy mandarin


Rootstocks of accession: Carrizo citrange


Season of ripeness at Riverside: January to March


Notes and observations:

This cultivars continues to lack vigor and has been repropagated several times. The fruit can be very puffy and is not very attractive.  Frua is a parent of Cocktail ("grapefruit") pummelo hybrid.


Description from The Citrus Industry Vol. 1 (1967):

"  Fruit medium-sized, slightly necked, somewhat pebbled.  Reddish-orange with few seeds and mild, sweet flavor.  Rind puffs rather badly.  Early midseason in maturity (earlier than Dancy, which it somewhat resembles).  Tree lacks vigor. 
      Frua is a hybrid of the King mandarin with the Dancy tangerine developed from a cross made by H. B. Frost of the University of California Citrus Research Center, Riverside.  It was selected in 1925 and released in 1950.  "

Availability: Not commercially available in California.

USDA Germplasm Resources Information Network page for Frua mandarin

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