Other hybrids, Tangors and Tangelos
Citrus sinensis (L.) Osb. x C. reticulata Blanco
Mandarins and their hybrids
January – March
Murcott is a cultivar that is supposed to have emerged from the USDA citrus breeding program in Florida in the early 20th century. It is a tangor, result of a hybridization between a King mandarin and an unknown sweet orange. It became very popular in Florida beginning in 1944. Much later, a mutation of Murcott gave rise to the Moroccan variety Afourer.
TREE AND FRUIT DESCRIPTION:
Medium vigorous tree, upright growth and mainly terminal fruits. Productive, but with a tendency to alternate. It is characterized by its sensitivity to cold. Medium sized fruit, subglobose morphology and flattened poles. Thin, smooth and bright orange rind, easy to peel. Bright orange flesh, juicy, sweet flavor with a mild acid counterpoint. It has seeds.
It is marketed for fresh consumption, and its juice is of high quality.