An oroblanco is a cross between a white grapefruit and an acidless pummelo. It is slightly larger in size than a grapefruit but has fewer seeds. When ripe, its thick rind is bright green or golden in color. Binomial name Citrus Ã paradisi Macfad. ... Binomial name Citrus maxima Merr. ...
The oroblanco was patented by the University of California. The University of California (UC) is a public university system in the state of California. ...
Oroblancos are round (or sometimes slightly flattened), with a thicker rind than grapefruit. When eaten an oroblanco lacks bitterness associated with grapefruits and is rather sweet, as though the sugar has already been added. Oroblancos are available from September through December. Their sweetness attracts many buyers in Japan where the fruit is commonly referred to as a "sweetie".
The oroblanco tree comes in quickly and vigorously adapts to its environment. It is estimated that Oroblanco is grown on 1500 ha in California , and over 10 ha in Australia. Oroblancos may be peeled and eaten like an orange, by tearing into segments, and are often eaten as a breakfast food. As a newly engineered fruit it remains a relatively expensive product.
Such is the case with 'Oroblanco,' a new pummelo-grapefruit hybrid originating from a cross made in 1957 at the University of California at Riverside.
Oroblanco has been available for about six years [since 1983], but budwood for Melogold was just released by the university two years ago  to wholesale growers for propagation.
In comparison with the standard grapefruit, it was no contest; both Oroblanco and Melogold won hands down, and one of the tasters remarked that she wondered how she could go back to eating ordinary grapefruit again.
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