Dekopon

I posted on dekopon in the past but they are one of the nicest and sweetest citrus fruits I know. I still remember the first time I tasted the fruit. Think of a huge mandarin, easy to peel and seedless, with firm flesh that melts in your mouth. An intense sweetness balanced by refreshing acidity, and a complex, lingering mandarin orange aroma – that’s dekopon.

A hybrid of Kiyomi tangor (a cross of orange and satsuma mandarin) and a ponkan, a large mandarin popular in Asia. Initially it seemed unpromising because of its appearance, with rough, yellow-orange skin and a distinctive bump at the top. But by the 1990s, as Japanese consumers came to appreciate its rich flavour and it was the country’s most prized and expensive citrus, fetching as much as $10 apiece.

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