Sathgudi sweet orange
Citrus sinensis (L.) Osbeck
Photos by David Karp and Toni Siebert, CVC. Photo rights.
Source: Received as budwood from Ed Pollock, Parkes, N.S.W., Australia, 1954.
Parentage/origins: Parents unknown.
Rootstocks of accession: Carrizo citrange, C-35 citrange
Season of ripeness at Riverside: Unknown at this time.
Notes and observations:
PBL: Mr. C.B. Roa from India says this variety is a commercial variety in India. This is an early maturing orange grown in the interior district of Andhra State. Originally from Madras State.
EMN, 2/8/1988: Fruit is a medium sized orange with good rind color (deep orange). This doesn't square with C.I. description: "Color greenish yellow to pale orange at maturity." Is this really Sathgudi? Could be and rind color is much paler in India. Seedy, still bit tart. Also note: Mr. Roa says this is an early maturing orange; the Citrus Industry says it is probably mid-season; and the fruit here now is still a bit tart, indicating mid/late season.
Description from The Citrus Industry Vol. 1 (1967):
Fruit medium to large, globose; moderately seedy. Color greenish-yellow to pale orange at maturity. Rind medium-thick, tough, leathery; surface finely pitted and moderately pebbled; peels readily. Carpellary membranes thick and tough; flesh orange-colored; juicy; flavor fair (sweet with some acid). Midseason in maturity insofar as can be determined.
Availability: Not commercially available in California.
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