Maltese Oval sweet orange (CRC 590)
Citrus sinensis (L.) Osbeck
CRC 590 (This variety was de-accessioned in 03/2011)
Photos by David Karp and Toni Siebert, CVC. Photo rights.
Source: Received as budwood from Rubidoux Tract variety block, 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:
HJW, 1/26/1934: This is Garey's Med. sweet introduced by Garey of L.A. and considered by Florida growers as identical with Maltese oval introduced earlier by Gen Sanford. Our tree CES 590 and Maltese CES 274 seem on careful study of fruit, tree, and foliage to be surely the same. Tree and foliage very characteristic. As Gen Sanford introduced and named another Mediterranean sweet which is different, it seems that Garey's Med. sweet should be called Maltese oval.
EMN, 2/8/1988: Still seems identical to CRC 274, Maltese Oval. Since H.J.Webber suggested we change the name on this accession in 1934 (see above), and 54 years have gone by without action, I hereby take Dr. Webber's suggestion and make said change lest it (his suggestion) becomes 100 years old without giving birth.
Description from The Citrus Industry Vol. 1 (1967):
Fruit medium-sized, spherical to oval; basal collar radially furrowed; seeds relatively few. Color pale at maturity and some tendency to regreen. Rind medium-thick; surface somewhat pebbled; peels readily. Flesh pale-colored; moderately juicy; flavor mild. Medium-late in maturity.
Availability: Not commercially available in California.
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