Tardivo from Ciaculli
Citrus deliciosa Ten.
Mandarins and their hybrids
March – April
The Tardivo de Ciaculli is a selection of a Mediterranean (or Willowleaf) Mandarin that is characterized by being late ripening (tardivo) and having fewer seeds than the traditional Mediterranean Mandarin. It seems to be a spontaneous mutation that occurred on a Mediterranean mandarin (Avana, as it is known in Italy) in the area of Ciaculli, near Palermo (Italy), selected around 1940. Its cultivation is regulated by the Consorzio il Tardivo di Ciaculli. The differences between the fruit of Tardivo di Ciaculli and the traditional Mediterranean Mandarin are minimal, with the ripening time being the major discrepancy.
TREE AND FRUIT DESCRIPTION:
Medium-sized, leafy tree with a spherical tendency. Abundant leaves, lanceolate and aromatic. Medium-small fruit, flattened at both poles, being the apical area depressed. Smooth rind, covered with apparent oil glands, and waxy appearance, which reaches a bright orange color at the point of maturation. Bright orange flesh, tender, juicy, sweet tasting and pleasantly aromatic (distinctive). It has seeds.
Fresh consumption. Used for the making of desserts and ice creams.