Asahikan pummelo hybrid
Citrus asahikan Tanaka RUTACEAE
Photos by David Karp and Toni Siebert, CVC.10/30/2013. Photo rights.
Source: Received as budwood from Japan via Glenn Dale (requested by W.P. Bitters), 1983.
Parentage/origins: Parents unknown.
Rootstocks of accession: Carrizo citrange, C-35 citrange
Season of ripeness at Riverside: October to November
Notes and observations:
1/20/1989, EMN: About the size and shape of a Marsh grapefruit, but much darker orange-yellow rind color at maturity. Rind slightly rough, medium in thickness. Pulp yellow, tender & juicy, but too sour to eat at this time. Seeds numerous.
4/18/1989, EMN: Several on ground but most are still tightly attached to tree. Flavor OK- still too tart for my taste but might be palatable to a grapefruit lover. Moderately seedy.
Description from The Citrus Industry Vol. 1 (1967):
"Of limited commercial importance in Japan are several other pummelo-like fruits either known or thought to have originated as chance seedlings.
Not commercially important but of interest in the category of pummelo-like fruits are the Asahikan (C. asahikan Tan.) of Japan and the Attani (C. rugulosa Tan.) of India. "
Availability: Commercially available in California through the Citrus Clonal Protection Program.
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