- Author: Therese Kapaun
Pictured here are thousands of slices of satsuma mandarins from one of the Lindcove research blocks. Dr. Mikeal Roose (UC Riverside) is studying the tree and fruit characteristics of several new satsuma varieties, to determine which ones show promise for commercial production in the San Joaquin Valley. The study analyzes scion and rootstock compatibility, tree size, fruit yield, and fruit quality. Satsumas are known for their easy-to-peel rinds, tolerance to cold winters, and as one can see, lack of seeds.