AN AUSPICIOUS START TO THE YEAR OF THE TIGER, 2022
1. Ancestral CitrusNative to Asia, the pomelo (Citrus maxima) and the mandarin (Citrus reticulata) are two of the “ancestral citruses” from which many of the citruses we now have, including oranges, descended. (Sweet oranges, for example, are a hybrid of pomelos and mandarins.)
The mandarins pictured here are kishus, a varietal transplanted to Japan from southern China in the 1200s and then to the U.S. from Japan in the 1980s. The U.S. variety is seedless and incredibly sweet. The pomelo-looking fruit in this work are oro blancos, which were bred in Southern California from a cross between pomelos and white grapefruit, to produce a sweeter and less bitter version of the pomelo/grapefruit.
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