Citrus paradisi Macf. x
C. sinensis (L.) Osb.
Grapefruits and their hybrids
December – April
The term Chironja does not refer to a single cultivar, but to a group of natural hybrids discovered in Puerto Rico in 1953 by Professor Moscoso. The name refers to the combination of china, the name given to the sweet orange in Puerto Rico, and toronja, a word synonymous with grapefruit. It is not known for sure if they are hybrids of Grapefruit and Sweet Orange or Pummelo and Sweet Orange. There is a wide diversity among the varieties that receive the denomination of Chironja.
TREE AND FRUIT DESCRIPTION:
Vigorous tree, open bearing, leafy and thornless. Large, dark leaves, with winged petiole and well-marked veins. Large fruits, like the grapefruit or slightly larger. Smooth and very thin rind, which reaches a dark yellow color when ripe. Thick and spongy albedo, reminiscent of the Pummelo. Juicy flesh, strong pink or red on the outside and pale pink or yellow around the central axis. The juice has a very pleasant and balanced flavor, with only a hint of bitterness typical of Pummelo or Grapefruit. It has monoembryonic seeds.
Perfect variety for fresh consumption, and to use combined both in fruit and green salads.