Sweet, Juicy White Grapefruit
The Oro Blanco Grapefruit is a popular, nearly seedless, grapefruit hybrid. It is thick skinned with white flesh. The fruit is produced from huge fragrant blossoms and large glossy-green foliage.
As with many white fruits, the Oro Blanco's flesh is sweet and lacks any of the typical bitterness of a grapefruit.
Oro Blanco is Spanish for "white gold" and is a vigorous, spreading tree with a fantastic tasting grapefruit. Store at room temperature for up to 2 weeks, in the refrigerator for up to a month.
Dwarf citrus trees can be successfully grown in containers throughout the United States. Plant it in a large enough pot to allow for a few years of growth, so that you are not repotting every spring. Citrus do not need to be pruned, but you could prune them if they get too big and in the way.
* Fragrant Blooms
* Nearly Seedless Fruit
* Sweet Flavor
* Grow them indoors & out
Fruit Name Means White Gold and for Good Reason
Oro Blanco is Spanish for White Gold and is praised for its fine grapefruit flavor and incredibly sweet flesh without any added sugar required.
The Oro Blanco is a classic example of how long it takes a new variety to finally get to market. First crossed in 1958 at UC Riverside's Citrus experimental Station in Riverside California, the result of numbered selections '2n acid less pumelo' crossed with '4n white seeded grapefruit'.
Budwood from these selections were handed off to Dr. Robert Soost and James W. Cameron in 1968 for further evaluation. The Oro Blanco Grapefruit was selected and named, and the patent granted in 1981, twenty-three years after the original cross was made.
Due to its unique high sugar content and lack of bitterness so often associated with grapefruit varieties, the Oro Blanco Grapefruit was an immediate hit with both the commercial and home garden markets.
Adding to the wonderful flavor was the fact that the Oro Blanco was proving to be much more widely adapted than any other grapefruit varieties, outperforming other selections in the marginal grapefruit areas of Zone 9.
Oro Blanco also demonstrated other traits that made it a standout for the home gardener. The fruit gets sweeter during its very long hang time. Ripening in late fall or early winter, it is not uncommon to still be picking fruit 3 to 4 months later.
The large size and ease of peeling are another standout trait of the Oro Blanco. In favorable grapefruit climates, the size is quite large, where in less favorable climates the size will exceed all other grapefruit varieties. In colder climates, the peel can become quite thick, but the ease of peeling never makes this a problem. The Oro Blanco will peel and separate like an orange.
The last standout trait is the early and consistent fruit set. The Oro Blanco will set fruit at an early age quite often in the first year of planting. Due to the large size of the fruit, it is recommended to remove this early set to allow the tree's structure to develop properly.
Even in challenging years when other citrus fail to set, the Oro Blanco most often will not disappoint. With large white fragrant flowers in the late winter to early spring, the Oro Blanco may be the perfect home garden citrus.
|Brand||Nature Hills Nursery|
|Botanical Name||Citrus paradisi 'Macfadyen'|
|Mature Height||7 - 10 feet|
|Mature Spread||3 - 4 feet|
|Soil Type||Widely Adaptable|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun|
|Fruiting Time||3 years|