Citrus sinensis (L.) Osb.
January – March
This cultivar was selected by the Scirè brothers in a field of Tarocco near Militello, southwest of Catania (Sicily, Italy). It is characterized by firmness of the fruit and its great persistence on the tree once ripe, which facilitates its transport and marketing. For these reasons, it is a very cultivated Tarocco in the Catania area. It has sometimes been confused with the Tarocco Gallo, although Gallo is earlier ripening than Scirè.
TREE AND FRUIT DESCRIPTION:
Vigorous tree, with erect growth habit and good productivity. Large leaves with a tendency to curl in on themselves. Spherical, medium-sized fruit with medium-thick, smooth, dark orange rind, which may be pigmented with anthocyanins if the weather is favorable. The fruit is characterized by having a slightly sunken basal area with a possible crown, where a thick peduncle is inserted, which favors its high persistence in the tree. In addition, in the apical zone it usually shows a persistent style. Intense orange flesh, which may be pigmented depending on climatic conditions and the rootstock on which it is grafted. Very juicy, with a sweet and aromatic juice. Seedless.
High quality cultivar for fresh consumption and elaboration of homemade juices.