Sampson Tangelo Tanželo
Tangelo 'Sampson' is a semi-early variety, a cross of grapefruit and tangerine 'Dancy'. The cross was done in 1897 by Dr. W. T. Swingle in Florida and this variety got its name in 1904. 'Sampson' didn't become very popular among the growers, but is often used as a rootstock or grown in the containers as a decoration.
Tangelo 'Sampson' is a quite high and prolific tree with wide crown and the leaves shaped as a small boat. The spherical, slightly elliptic fruit is average (6,5cm), weighs 140 - 150g and has a small neck. Its orange-yellow thin rind is well attached to the light orange, soft, slightly sour and bitter and very juicy (up to 45%) pulp. It has similar levels of bitter juices as grapefruits and is usually divided into 10 segments containing 12-16 polyembrionic seeds. A fact that it produces equivalent seeds is also one of the reasons why it is mostly used as rootstock. Ripe fruit tends to fall off the tree.