A California native, the oro blanco is a hybrid of a pummelo
(the original Asian grapefruit) and a regular grapefruit developed at the University of California at Riverside in 1958.
Unlike thick-skinned pummelo
, hybrid can be eaten like a grapefruit.
, which originated in Malaysia, is the world's largest citrus fruit.
2002) also studied the genetic variability in grapefruits and pummelos
using RAPD and SSR markers and found that the majority of grapefruit accessions showed a narrow genetic base.
Among the varieties to focus on this year are Sunkist-branded Fairchild tangerines, Satsuma mandarins, Oro Blanco ("white gold" in Spanish), pummelos
, fresh California clementines, cara cara navels, and minneolas.
Pamplona has other exotic fruits that include Longkong lanzones, mangosteen and pummelos
These harsh weather conditions come just as we are preparing for the peak of the season on navel oranges, mandarins, tangerines, pummelos
, moro blood oranges, and cara cara oranges.
Other specialty varieties--like mandarins, minneolas, clementines, pummelos
, and oroblancos--are becoming more popular each year, says Tristan Millar, director of marketing for Los Alamitos, Calif.
In addition to papaya and mangoes, other current "hot" exotics include red bananas, Asian pears, cherimoyas, kiwano melons, pummelos
, rambutans, and passion fruit.