Fortunella margarita (Lour.) Swing. x ?
Kumquats and their hybrids
December – April
Kumquat Centennial is a variegated cultivar, selected as a spontaneous mutation occurred on a hybrid of the Nagami Kumquat. The other parent of the hybrid is unknown, although it is thought to be a mandarin. The mutation was detected in 1986 in Florida (USA). Its name refers to the anniversary of the Fort Pierce (FL) Horticultural Research Center.
TREE AND FRUIT DESCRIPTION:
Shrubby tree with upright growth. Variegated leaves that combine pale green with cream color. Oval fruits, with more or less prominent neck. Smooth rind, striped in green and yellow in the unripe fruit, and orange later, with less apparent reddish stripes. The rind is edible. The pulp is acid, juicy, bright orange and aromatic. Some seeds are present.
The fruit holds well on the tree after maturity. It can be used for the preparation of jams and jellies. It can also be eaten fresh whole. This selection has high ornamental value.