Famiglia: Pompelmi – Citrus Paradisi
Nome botanico in latino: C. natsudaidai
Disponibile mezzo fusto o cespuglio
Vaso di diametro 20 o 22 cm
The original plant is said to have been found in a garden in Yamaguchi Prefecture in Japan, around 1870, and is reported still alive. The variety may be a natural hybrid of the sour orange and the mandarin or the pomelo and the sour orange. In Japanese Natsu means “summer” and mikan “citrus”, and thus Natsumikan (a synonym of Natsudaidai means “summer citrus”.
In Japan it is still grown in the coastal prefectures of Kumamoto and Ehime due to its sensitivity to low temperatures, and it is second in importance only to the satsuma mandarin.
The plant is vigorous, with assurgent, spreading growth. It has few but thick thorns and broad, dark green leaves shaped like those of the mandarin.
The fruit is medium-large (similar to a grapefruit), oblate or obovate in shape, and sporadically exhibits a small pedicel lobe. The apical area is flattened. The orangey yellow rind is medium-thick and granular, sometimes wrinkled, and can be separated easily from the flesh. It has many segments (approximately 12), and refreshing, acidic flesh (too sharp for some tastes) with few seeds. It ripens in summer and holds very well on the tree.
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