Other hybrids, Tangors and Tangelos
Citrus clementina Hort. ex Tan. x (
C. paradisi Macfad. x
Citrus reticulata Blanco)
Mandarins and their hybrids
February – April
The Fortune hybrid was obtained as part of the citrus breeding program at the Indigo Experiment Station (California, USA) and was introduced in 1964. It was thought to be a hybrid between a Clementine and the Dancy Mandarin, but more recent studies, based on its sensitivity to Alternaria alternata fungus, revealed that the male parent was the Orlando tangelo. Despite being a very promising variety, the expansion of its cultivation has been affected both by its sensitivity to Alternaria and by its ability to pollinate clementines and produce seeds in them.
TREE AND FRUIT DESCRIPTION:
Vigorous, leafy tree with an open, spherical growth habit. Medium sized oblate fruit of intense orange color. Smooth and thin rind, adhering to the pulp. Bright orange flesh, with high juice content that maintains a good acid level at the end of maturity. Seedless in the absence of cross-pollination.
Late variety excellent for fresh consumption.