Researchers develop new seedless, juicy citrus fruit

Last Updated: Friday, August 7, 2009 - 15:28

Washington: Researchers have developed a new seedless citrus fruit named DaisySL which is finely textured and juicy, with a rich, sweet and distinctive flavour when mature.

"We are extremely enthusiastic about this fruit which distinguishes itself by being very low-seeded and moderately easy to peel," said Mikeal Roose, professor of genetics at the University of California-Riverside (UC-R).

He developed DaisySL along with staff scientist Timothy Williams. Early January to early February is the best time to pick this fruit from the tree.

Williams noted that DaisySL had the characteristics they were looking for in a new variety: beautiful appearance, exceptional flavour and hardly any seeds.

"DaisySL is similar to many other selections we evaluated, but it stood out from the rest, and we knew right off that we had something special," Williams said.

Still, they continued their evaluations of DaisySL and waited eight years from when they saw the first fruit on a single tree to announce it as a new variety ready for UC-R to release.

In September UC-R will release DaisySL for propagation by California citrus nurseries that have purchased licences to propagate and sell the variety in the state.

Roose and Williams estimate it will be five years before the first DaisySL fruit arrives in stores.


First Published: Friday, August 7, 2009 - 15:28

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