Marisol Citrus clementina hort. ex Tan. Klementina
'Marisol' is an early Spanish variety that probably occurred as spontanous mutation of one Clementina 'Oroval'. It was discovered in 1970 close to Bechí, Castellónu de la Plana.
'Marisol' is a vigorous, high, thorny tree with short branches forming a dense crown. It is an excellent producer of the most delicious fruit, which resembles the fruit of 'Oroval'. However it ripens 15-20 days earlier, on the end of September, in precisely the same time as Unshiu tangerine 'Owari', which led to its massive cultivation in Spain (almost 35% of all Clementine production) and fall of the Unshiu tangerine cultivation. Fruit is quite big (5,5-7cm) and weighs 70-130g. It has thin (3-5mm) orange rind full of aromatic essential oils. The pulp is very soft, juicy (up to 55% of the fruit), slightly sour with 8,8% of sugar‚ 1,3% of acids and usually 2 seeds. It is necessary to cut the fruit of the tree during the harvest, because calyx tends to remain on the pedicel. Harvests should usually start before the first fruit ripens, because the rind puffs easily, once the fruit is ripe enough. Unlike most of the other Clementines, this one doesn't have to be propped. 'Marisol' is ideal for growing indoors.