Hardy Citchangsha/citrandarin in zone 7a - Northern VA!
We harvested the first fruit in early December, what a surprise!
Our fruit was a rich tangerine color just like a tangerine inside and the color of an orange outside.
* Relatively small pores , smooth skin on a round, golf ball sized
* Here's the interesting part: the peel/zest had a definite
sweet orange taste with no trace of bitterness, in fact when I first
tasted the rind, I thought of orange marmalade- it was that
pleasant/sweet and orangey.
* _*The pulp tastes more like a mandarin or tangerine than anything
else, maybe a hint of lemon, not quite as sweet as a tangerine, more sour, but
definitely NOT bitter at all.
No trifoliate taste to speak of in the pulp or the rind!
With quite a bit of research and the expert input of several citrus hybridizers, we are pretty confident that this is what it is based on our taste test and where we got it and from whom.
This tree was planted in 2007, about 1' tall and now about 15'. It has experienced lows of near 0f at least once since planting and several single digit nights with no noticable damage or any dieback.
We have 18 seeds germinated from the fruit and are going to try grafting some wood this spring.
Pretty exciting for us here in zone 7 for a citrus this hardy and this tasty!
photos and videos here. Please disregard the references to citrumelo in the video- long story.
Here is a link that might be useful: hardy sweet citrus in Northern VA, zone 7a