Nules Citrus clementina hort. ex Tan. Klementina
Clementina Nules, Clemenules, de Nules, di Nules, Gorda de Nules, Nulera, Nules 4n, Nules AM, Nulesina, Reina, Reyna, Victoria
This variety s a result of natural navel mutation of the variety 'Fina', which was discovered in 1953 in Nules, Castellón de la Plana, close to Valencia, Spain, where it is so popular, that it makes up to 35% of all Clementine production in Spain. It's slowly becoming more popular in The Republic of South Africa, Argentina, Uruguay and Chile.
'Clemenules' is an average tree with dense, spherical crown made of thornless branches and dark green, spear-shaped leaves. Its smaller white flowers grow both in clusters and individually. This variety's excellent and tasty fruit is usually spherical, quite big (5,5 7- cm) and weighs 80-130 g. Its rind is intensively orange, soft, and grainy, with a hint of pink color. Its pulp is very juicy (up to 50%), sweet, tasty and contains only few or no seeds. To have the best fruit, it is necessary to carefully remove the slower, not sufficiently developed fruit and leave only the strongest pieces, so that one cluster has at most 3 individual fruits.
'Clemenules' ripens from late November to December, only a few days before the maternal variety. It is necessary to remove the pedicel along with the fruit, otherwise the rind might get damaged or crack. Farmers on plantains also use ethylene early in the spring to ensure the nice color of the fruit. The fruit can hang ripe on the tree only if it was treated with giberlit. This way it can stay there until late January. Otherwise it must be harvested as soon as it ripens. 'Clemenules' is a temperature demanding cultivar, suitable into warm/hot greenhouses and for growing in warm flats.