Home garden experience with "Oroblanco'is still sketchy, but one thing seems certain: its pummelo
parentage contributed a lower heat requirement than is necessary to ripen most grapefruit.
, which originated in Malaysia, is the world's largest citrus fruit.
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 could be added attractions to his farm.
"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.-based Frieda's, Inc.
In addition to papaya and mangoes, other current "hot" exotics include red bananas, Asian pears, cherimoyas, kiwano melons, pummelos
, rambutans, and passion fruit.
Other popular items are a variety of ginger that is hotter than usual, long beans, young coconuts and pummelos
, sometimes called Chinese grapefruit.
Many Asian fruits are becoming available to the consumer, such as the pummelo
. The largest citrus on earth, this fruit tastes like a very sweet grapefruit and resembles this cousin on steroids.
aurantium) is considered as a hybrid between Pummelo
and Mandarin (Scora, 1975; Luro et al., 1995).