Mediterranean Mandarin (Citrus Deliciosa)
The Mediterranean Mandarin comes from China and was imported to Europe at the beginning of the XIX century, in England first and then in Italy, in 1810, in the botanic garden in Palermo, thanks to Professor G. Tineo. It is a quite vigorous plant, it has a rounded growth habit and a spreading foliage. It is productive, but it is subject to biennial bearing.
USES AND FUN FACTS
Its single flowers are small, white and perfumed. Its fruits ripen precociously, between November and January; they are medium-sized, oblate, and, when ripen, they have a thin orange peel that does not stick well to the segments. Their pulp is orange-reddish, juicy and perfumed, and has many seeds.