Autumn has arrived, and many of the early varieties of satsuma are starting to taste good. October's cool nights induce the rinds to gain color, and rinds are getting easier to peel. Lindcove REC has more than 40 satsuma varieties, and early season favorites include 'Xie Shan', 'Miyagawa', 'China S-9', 'Miho Wase', 'Okitsu Wase', 'China S-1', and 'China S-5'.
Dr. Tracy Kahn (UC Riverside, Dept. of Botany and Plant Sciences), recently published an informative article in Citrograph, entitled "Fruit quality evaluations of introduced Satsuma selections for California" in the March/April 2013 edition. In addition to fruit quality data, the article describes the origin of the satsuma, genesis of nucellar selections, and introduction of satsuma varieties to the US. Click on this link to view the magazine, the article begins on page 34. http://www.citrusresearch.org/citrograph_marapr2013-2
Dr. Kahn will be giving a tour "Evaluation of early citrus varieties" at Lindcove REC on November 12th at 10 am.