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Question on Kishu mandarins
« on: November 20, 2020, 12:09:19 AM »
I have a kishu mandarin in my backyard.  It has not fruited yet and I was curious to see how the fruit tastes.  So, I bought a box of them online.  They looked cool and were the size I expected.  Very easy to peel....but, I was very disappointed in the flavor.  It was sweet, but, besides that fairly bland.
Just wanted to see what other people think of the fruit.  Did I just get a bad batch or is this what I am to expect from the fruit.
If it always this bland, I may take the tree down and plant something better.

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Re: Question on Kishu mandarins
« Reply #1 on: November 20, 2020, 03:26:42 PM »
I once had a Kishu tree, and as you wrote the fruit was sweet.  The main reason I eventually got rid of the tree was due to the size of the fruit.  By the time the Kishu was peeled there was almost nothing left.

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Re: Question on Kishu mandarins
« Reply #2 on: November 20, 2020, 03:51:30 PM »
Mine have always been bland. Very easy to peel though.

Had my first Xie Shan this week from grafts last year. Definitely a winner Millet.
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Re: Question on Kishu mandarins
« Reply #3 on: November 20, 2020, 04:07:45 PM »
I guess its one of those different strokes for different folks as everyone who tries mine absolutely love them. Mine are always all gone by Thanksgiving. Mine are sweet but also have some complexity and a bit of tartness. I suppose if they lasted into the new year they would sweeten up considerably more.

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Re: Question on Kishu mandarins
« Reply #4 on: November 20, 2020, 07:56:42 PM »
I got my first kishu fruits there year and they were good, sweet and flavorful.

Owari satsuma is still my favorite mandarin that I've grown so far, though.  It is similar to kishu but the fruits are larger.

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Re: Question on Kishu mandarins
« Reply #5 on: November 20, 2020, 10:38:48 PM »
I got my first kishu fruits there year and they were good, sweet and flavorful.

Owari satsuma is still my favorite mandarin that I've grown so far, though.  It is similar to kishu but the fruits are larger.

Agreed I have both and its a toss up.

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Re: Question on Kishu mandarins
« Reply #6 on: November 20, 2020, 10:57:14 PM »
Ok, that is good to know.  This one had no complex flavor. No tartness.  Just sweet and orange flavor.  The rest tasted like water. 
The fruit i bought doesn't sound typical, so I'll let my tree grow and try it's fruits.

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Re: Question on Kishu mandarins
« Reply #7 on: November 21, 2020, 01:40:55 AM »
I agree with all of above comments.

First, those you  bought are probably not representative to the ones from your own tree, which should be far better.

My Kishu is sweet, but not super sweet.  It has a clean flavor.  The problem I have is that the fruits are small.  You spend more time to peel it than to eat it.   I also prefer Satsuma.

But, kids love them.  So keep it for grandkids, yours or others.

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Re: Question on Kishu mandarins
« Reply #8 on: November 21, 2020, 08:10:57 AM »
Mine have always been excellent. They taste like orange Lifesavers.

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Re: Question on Kishu mandarins
« Reply #9 on: November 21, 2020, 10:53:51 AM »
Mine have always been excellent. They taste like orange Lifesavers.

I like your description :)

Next season I will try and keep them on the tree until January. Mine are always gone by Thanksgiving.

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Re: Question on Kishu mandarins
« Reply #10 on: November 21, 2020, 11:32:55 AM »
As a side note I have Owari , Okitsu and Miyagawa mandarins this season. I'm not impressed with the flavor of the Miyagawa but this is its first year fruiting so hopefully it develops better flavor as the years go by.

I'm looking forward to my Xie Shan, Lee x Nova producing over the next couple of seasons.

And I cannot wait to taste my Dekopon which has 6 fruit on it  :)

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Re: Question on Kishu mandarins
« Reply #11 on: November 21, 2020, 11:14:10 PM »
As a side note I have Owari , Okitsu and Miyagawa mandarins this season. I'm not impressed with the flavor of the Miyagawa but this is its first year fruiting so hopefully it develops better flavor as the years go by.

I'm looking forward to my Xie Shan, Lee x Nova producing over the next couple of seasons.

And I cannot wait to taste my Dekopon which has 6 fruit on it  :)

 What difference do you see between Owari and Okitsu?  Or they are pretty much the same taste?

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Re: Question on Kishu mandarins
« Reply #12 on: November 22, 2020, 12:35:45 AM »
I think the problem with the ones I bought are maybe that they are overripe.

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Re: Question on Kishu mandarins
« Reply #13 on: November 22, 2020, 10:33:21 AM »
Most citrus you buy in the store is harvested too early & then gassed & waxed before being shipped to the store. Fresh tree ripened citrus is always 100% better.

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Re: Question on Kishu mandarins
« Reply #14 on: November 22, 2020, 11:22:26 AM »
As a side note I have Owari , Okitsu and Miyagawa mandarins this season. I'm not impressed with the flavor of the Miyagawa but this is its first year fruiting so hopefully it develops better flavor as the years go by.

I'm looking forward to my Xie Shan, Lee x Nova producing over the next couple of seasons.

And I cannot wait to taste my Dekopon which has 6 fruit on it  :)

 What difference do you see between Owari and Okitsu?  Or they are pretty much the same taste?
very similar to me so far if I had to give an edge it would be my okitsu but that might be because its more mature and has been producing longer than the owari has been producing.

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Re: Question on Kishu mandarins
« Reply #15 on: November 22, 2020, 06:35:51 PM »
As a side note I have Owari , Okitsu and Miyagawa mandarins this season. I'm not impressed with the flavor of the Miyagawa but this is its first year fruiting so hopefully it develops better flavor as the years go by.

I'm looking forward to my Xie Shan, Lee x Nova producing over the next couple of seasons.

And I cannot wait to taste my Dekopon which has 6 fruit on it  :)
What difference do you see between Owari and Okitsu?  Or they are pretty much the same taste?
very similar to me so far if I had to give an edge it would be my okitsu but that might be because its more mature and has been producing longer than the owari has been producing.

 I have two giant fruits on my small Okitsu tree.  They are still mostly green.   I guess the fruits on the small tree are not the same as those from big tree.

 

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