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Rutaceae Citrus reticulata x C. paradisi

Source: Magness et al. 1971

See also citrus fruits and citrus hybrids. Crosses of grapefruit and tangerine oranges have resulted in several varieties, termed tangelos, which are increasing in production and popularity in the United States. These hybrids are intermediate in character between the parents. Fruits are similar in size to sweet orange, but with a tendency to be necked at the stem end. They are extremely juicy and intermediate in acidity between the parents. Peel is relatively thin and tender. General characteristics are similar to sweet orange, except for a more tender peel and juicier more tart flesh.

Season, bloom to harvest: 8 to 14 months.

Production in U.S.: 80,000 tons, but increasing rapidly.

Use: Mainly fresh, some juice.

Part of fruit consumed: Interior vesicles.

Last update February 19, 1999 by ch