UC Riverside releases super-sweet mandarin variety

04/27/2011 02:08:00 PM
By The Grower staff

The University of California, Riverside, has released a new super-sweet mandarin citrus variety with few seeds.

KinnowLS is a mutation of the Kinnow, which is the most popular mandarin in Pakistan and India, according to a news release. The one downfall of the Kinnow is its 15 to 30 seeds.

The new release carries the LS for “low-seeded” and typically has only two to three seeds per fruit.

It is the latest release from Mikeal Roose, a genetics professor, and staff scientist Timothy Williams.

KinnowLS is large for a mandarin and has an easy-to-peel thin, orange skin.

It is a mid- to late-season variety that thrives in warmer climates. In the California desert production region, it matures from February through April.

Unlike many other mandarins that decline in quality as they reach high Brix levels, KinnowLS maintains external and internal features.

The university plans to release budwood to California licensed nurseries in June. For three years, only California nurseries will be allowed to propagate KinnowLS.

Licenses for propagation outside the United States will be issued after that.

Fruit probably won’t arrive on grocery store shelves for at least five years.

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