|fruit: citrus, Mandarin, 'Dancy'||Dancy Mandarin, fruit|
|Easier than oranges in a cool climate. Fruits early fall to December.|
|fruit: citrus, Mandarin, 'Page'||Page Mandarin, fruit|
Parentage/origins: Page is a cross between Minneola tangelo and Clementine mandarin made by Gardner and Bellows of the U.S.D.A. in 1942. Page was officially released as an orange, but technically speaking the variety is a tangelo hybrid since its parentage is three-fourths mandarin and one-fourth grapefruit.
Season of ripeness at Riverside: November to January
Notes and observations: The fruit is medium in size, easily peeled, and moderately pebbled. The flesh color is a deep orange, juicy, and has numerous seeds.
Description from The Citrus Industry Vol. 1 (1967): "Fruit of medium size, broadly oblate to subglobose; apex evenly rounded. Rind medium-thin, leathery, moderately adherent but easily peelable, surface smooth to moderately pebbled; color reddish-orange at maturity. Segments about 10 and central axis solid to slightly open. Flesh color deep orange; tender and juicy; flavor rich and sweet. Seeds moderately numerous and cotyledons pale yellow to almost white. Early in maturity. Tree moderately vigorous; branches upright, spreading under the weight of fruit, nearly thornless; productive. This early ripening, high quality variety, the fruit of which has considerable resemblance to a sweet orange, originated from a Minneola tangelo X Clementine mandarin cross made by Gardner and Bellows of the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 1942. Page was described and released in 1963 by P. C. Reece and F. E. Gardner at the U.S. Horticultural Field Station, Orlando, Florida. It is recommended for Florida conditions and the fruit may be undesirably small in arid climates. Cross-pollination should be provided until the facts in that connection have been determined. While officially released as an orange, technically speaking this variety should probably be referred to the tangelo hybrid group, since its parentage is three-fourths mandarin and one-fourth grapefruit."
|fruit: citrus, Mandarin, Lee x Nova||Lee x Nova Mandarin, fruit|
Parentage/origins: Lee mandarin x Nova mandarin
Season of ripeness at Riverside: October to December
Notes and observations: USDA 88-2 is a cross between Lee and Nova mandarins. It was developed at the United States Department of Agriculture Station in Orlando, Florida, and has since been evaluated for commercial potential. It is a moderately large tree at maturity. 88-2 is an early season mandarin with small to medium size fruit. The fruit is easy to peel, seedless, and very juicy. The rind is a medium orange color and thin. The flavor is rich and sweet.
3/11/2008, Mikael Roose and Tim Williams: seedless under all conditions, low probability of causing seeds in other mandarins, early season maturity (November), high brix (13% in November, 15-16% in late December) and very rich, distinctive flavor, pale rind color, mean fruit size 24, round shape (not flattened) with tendency toward a blossom end nipple. Moderately easy to peel. Good holding ability on tree through February. Moderate production with tendency to alternate bear.