Fuzzy Valencia orangeCitrus sinensis L. Osbeck
Photos by Toni Siebert, CVC, 4/11/2008. Photo rights. C-35 left, Carrizo right, 25 year old trees.
Source: Received as seed from Laidlaw grove between Ontario & Pomona, Ca, 1918.
Parentage/origins: Parents unknown.
Rootstocks of accession: Carrizo citrange, C-35 citrange
Season of ripeness at Riverside: March to July
Notes and observations:
1985, EMN: Fruit on small branch on north side of tree. Bears peculiar pine-like projections on more or less of the surface and especially in a depressed circular ring about the blossom end. Collected by J.T. Barrett. This accession had psorosis and exocortis, removed by shoot tip grafting.
11/1989, EMN:"Spine-like projections" are found only in a ring around the blossom end of the fruit, as far as I can tell. This would appear to be a genetic weakness in the ring of slightly depressed rind that can be seen on most Valencias and many other sweets, especially on green end tends to crack open; the fruit produces the "Fuzzy" spines as a part of the healing process. These spines appear to resemble small, elongate juice vesicles.
4/11/2008, DK & TS: Tastes like a regular Valencia orange.
Availability: Not commercially available in California.
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