Esbal ® Citrus clementina hort. ex Tan. Klementina
'Esbal' is a Spanish variety, spontaneous mutation of Clementina variety 'Fina', discovered in 1966 in Sagunt, Valencia, Spain.
It is a robust, high, vigorous tree with dense crown and short, thornless branches. It has typical Clementina leaves and starts producing fruit very early. The fruit is quite average (5cm), flattened, slightly bigger than that of maternal veriety and very symmetric. It has an intensively orange-red, very soft rind that goes right off. The pulp is very tasty, nicely colored, very juicy and has only a few seeds. Its good characteristics are early ripening, excellent flavor and beautiful aroma. It ripen is the middle of September in Spain. When the fruit is fully ripe, it doesn't hang well on the tree and the rind tends to crack easily. Supposedly no hormonal or other cures are necessary. Unlike most of the clementines, this variety doesn't need propping.