California is one of the largest citrus producers in the world, and the demand for fresh citrus fruit that is seedless or low-seeded is on the rise. W. Murcott mandarin is the currently popular mandarin cultivar that has been known worldwide for its high quality and about 2-3 million trees have been widely planted throughout California over the past decade. Unfortunately, isolation of citrus orchards have been difficult and consequently, W. murcott mandarins have become very seedy due to cross pollination by other citrus varieties. Therefore, consumer demands for mandarins that can maintain a low seed count and high-quality is increasing.
UCR researchers developed the ‘Gold Nugget’ mandarin which is a hybrid of ‘Wilking’ and ‘Kincy’ mandarins. that has a deep orange colored flesh, extremely fine texture, and is low-seeded in all situations of cross pollination. This medium sized mandarin grows vigorously in upright form and has outstanding storage characteristics on its trees. It matures in mid- to late-season.
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