Citrus clementina Hort. ex Tan.
Mandarins and their hybrids
September – October
The Caffin Clementine was discovered in 1968 in Azemmour (Morocco) by M. Caffin. It is the result of a spontaneous mutation that occurred on the Bekria cultivar, a Moroccan clementine also characterized for being early maturing (bekria, in Arabic).
TREE AND FRUIT DESCRIPTION:
Vigorous tree, with a compact crown. Bright green lanceolate leaves. Medium sized fruit. Thicker rind than other clementines, and slightly rough. Pulp and rind of intense orange color. Average amount of juice, but with good acid-sweet balance. No seeds. The thicker rind favors its transport and post-harvest treatments. On the other hand, it presents low production if no treatments are applied, and the fruit does not hold up well on the tree after ripening.