Aoshima Citrus unshiu Marc. Mandarina unšiu
Aoshima Unshu, Aoshima Wase
'Aoshima' is a late variety with Japanese origin that was discovered in 1950 by H. Aoshima in the Fukudaga valley, Shizuoka prefecture. It is also an area, where this variety is mostly grown nowadays. It slowly replaced 'Ishikawa' as the major late cultivar.
'Aoshima' is a shrub or dwarf tree with compact crown full of small leaves. This variety starts producing flat, average (5-7,5cm) fruit very early. It weighs 170-210g and belongs to the largest fruit of all the Unshiu tangerines, usually with a small navel. The rind can easily be peeled and is well attached to the refreshing, juicy pulp with well balanced ratio of sugars and acids. There is usually one or no seeds in the fruit, which usually ripens from the late November. The fruit can be harvested even before it ripens (when it has yellow-green rind) and easily stored. 'Aoshima' is also very suitable for growing indoors.