Other hybrids, tangors and tangelos
Citrus nobilis Lour.
Mandarins and their hybrids
December – May
The King Mandarin is actually a Tangor, that is, a natural hybrid between Mandarin and Sweet Orange. Its specific origin is uncertain, but varieties of this group are popular in Japan, China or Vietnam. In Japan it is known as Kunembo. Presumably, it reached the West via the U.S.A. Its main characteristics are the size of its fruits, large among mandarins, and its late ripening time. Its quality is greatly influenced by climatic and cultural conditions. It has been used as a parent to obtain hybrids of commercial interest (Encore, Kinnow, Wilking, Kara).
TREE AND FRUIT DESCRIPTION:
Medium sized tree, with open and vertical growth. Large fruits, oblate and with the apical zone slightly depressed. Thick rind, but variable in texture depending on the rootstock onto which it is grafted, from smooth to moderately rough. Orange-yellowish color when fruit fully ripe. Orange flesh, moderately juicy and sweet, aromatic flavor. Seeds are present.
It can be consumed fresh or in juices, and the grated rind for the preparation of desserts.