Dom João Valencia orange
Don João Valencia orange
Citrus sinensis L. Osbeck
Photos by Toni Siebert (left and center) & David Karp (right), CVC, 4/11/2008. Photo rights. Carrizo, 25 year old tree.
Source: Received as budwood from Portugal, imported by J.W. Cameron via Glendale, 1963.
Parentage/origins: Parents unknown.
Rootstocks of accession: Carrizo citrange, C-35 citrange
Season of ripeness at Riverside: March to July
Notes and observations:
1987, EMN: VI 418 is shoot tip graft budline of VI 301. Don Joao may be identical to Valencia; and it certainly has appeared to be a typical Valencia here.
06/1989, EMN: Fruit compared to Olinda Valencia; Appears very similar if not identical.
07/2007, TK: Francisco Llatser Brau, AVASA, said that this variety is currently being used for juice in Spain.
Description from The Citrus Industry Vol. 1 (1967):
"This is a very late-ripening Portuguese variety that came to light in 1943 in the Don João quinta (orchard) near Beja (Galvão, 1943). It is so similar to Valencia that Eng. Bento Nascimento, director of an agricultural research station at Tavira in the important Algarve citrus region, lists it in a recent communication as a synonym for Valencia Late.
Availability: Commercially available in California through the Citrus Clonal Protection Program.
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