Citrus sinensis (L.) Osb.
January – February
Tarocco Rosso is a cultivar selected in Sicily (Italy) but of uncertain origin location. It is a mutation of Tarocco that confers a marked anthocyanin pigmentation to the flesh at the end of fruit ripening. The mutation was stabilized in 1987 at the Citrus Research Center, CREA, in Acireale (Sicily), and marketed under the name Tarocco Rosso VCR.
TREE AND FRUIT DESCRIPTION:
Medium vigorous tree with high productivity. Erect growth tendency. Dense foliage with broad leaves. Rounded fruit, medium size among Taroccos and good weight/size ratio. Medium thick rind, adhering to the pulp, slightly bulging and reaching a red-orange color at the end of ripening. Very juicy flesh, deep red at the end of ripening. Sweet and slightly fruity flavor. Seedless.
Mainly fresh consumption and elaboration of high quality homemade juices. The juice is also used in marinades.