Although the origin of this important semi-blood variety is unknown, Malta is most probable. The medium-sized fruit is slightly oval, with a finely pebbled orange rind that occasionally develops a red blush. The pigmented flesh is juicy and seedless. In France it is considered the “Queen of Oranges” and is very sweet, but sufficiently acid, with a particularly delicate flavour.
The fruit ripens in late January and February and does not hold well on the tree, although it stores well after harvest. Two further varieties are derived from Maltaise Sanguigne: Maltaise Boukhobza and Maltaise Tardive Barlerin.