Otaitensis Rangpur from Naples
Citrus limonia Osb.
Mandarins and their hybrids
October – April
The Otaitensis Rangpur of Naples is of unknown origin. Its name seems to indicate that it is a cultivar of the Rangpur Otaitensis selected in Naples (Italy), but there is no documentation on this matter. The main differences between the Otaitensis of Naples and the authentic Otaitensis are that the fruits of the latter reach an orange color at maturity and their pulp is sweet, while the fruits of the Otaitensis of Naples have a yellow rind at maturity and their pulp is acidic.
TREE AND FRUIT DESCRIPTION:
Open bearing tree with long shoots and large leaves for an acidic mandarin. Lanceolate-obovate leaves. Flower buds and new shoots of purple color. It flowers several times, thus presenting fruits in different stages of development during most part of the year. Fruits of different sizes, generally ovoid in morphology, although also spherical or globular. Apical mamelon sometimes present, as well as a characteristic persistent style. Thin rind, of faint aroma and slightly bulging, which may or may not form grooves. Edible albedo. Pale yellow flesh, almost granular, somewhat tasteless but acidic. Few or no seeds.
Both its rind, grated, and its pulp can be used for seasoning rice dishes, sauces or desserts. The fresh albedo can be consumed, alone or with a touch of pulp.