Philippine pummelo (CRC 2343)
Citrus maxima (Burm.) Merr. RUTACEAE
Photos by David Karp and Toni Siebert, CVC.10/30/2013. Photo rights.
Source: Received as budwood from CPB, 1930. Was collected by J.D. Bagarino in Los Banos, Luzon, Philippines, on March 31, 1926.
Parentage/origins: Parents unknown.
Rootstocks of accession: Carrizo citrange, C-35 citrange
Season of ripeness at Riverside: October to November
Notes and observations:
Old notes by [WP Bitters] state "Hybrid"; old notes by [RK Soost] state "Doesn't look like C grandis." (EM Nauer, ca 1985)
Leaves like sweet orange - may not have pummelo blood at all. Grapefruit-size fruit; deep yellow to yellow-orange rind. Rind of medium thickness, yellow flesh, hollow center, moderately seedy. Sour now. (EM Nauer, 12/15/1987)
Still very sour. Trees bearing themselves to death with heavy crops. This fruit appears to have no promise; why keep? (EM Nauer, 02/23/1988)
This accession is associated in archival records with CPB 10359, which was originally numbered as PI 109704. The archival records give this the name 'Better' pummelo, although from Ed Nauer's description it does not sound at all "better". Probably the archival CRC cards on file do not reference the original PI 109704 as it was assigned after the cuttings were received in Riverside. This is probably true of various other older accessions that have PI in the 539XXX series. (RR Krueger, 12/19/2010)
Availability: Not commercially available in California.
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