Carter navel orange
Citrus sinensis (L.) Osbeck
Photos by David Karp and Toni Siebert, 1/15/2010, CVC. Photo rights.
Source: Received as a live tree from Armstrong Nurseries, 1930.
Parentage/origins: Parents unknown.
Rootstocks of accession: Carrizo citrange, C-35 citrange
Season of ripeness at Riverside: December to January
Notes and observations:
EMN, 1986: From letter to Dr. Webber 3/28/30 from J.C. Watts of Armstrong Nurseries: The Carter navel originated at the home of Mrs. N.C. Carter, #1 East Carter Avenue, Sierra Madre, Calif. There are several trees of the variety growing on Mrs. Carter's place, but we don't know just how the variety originated. Possibly it is one of the older navel types, but we are not certain just what variety it is. We have never been able to locate a variety which is exactly similar; therefore we have called this variety the "Carter navel". We like the fruit very much, since it is very thin-skinned and very sweet. The trees have borne abundant crops.
Description from The Citrus Industry Vol. 1 (1967):
"Both the tree and fruit of this California variety are so similar to Washington that they are indistinguishable. Grown under the same conditions, however, the rind of Carter appears to be somewhat smoother and thinner, the flesh texture a little less firm and juicier, and the flavor somewhat sweeter (less tart). Carter is also slightly earlier in maturity.
Availability: Commercially available in California through the Citrus Clonal Protection Program.
Citrograph 60(12): 433-438, Oct. 1975.
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