Protected Varieties Managed by the NVDMC

For Orri and other varieties within the Israeli variety program: Call Dan Gelfman 305-772-5556


Roe Tangerine

Very typical of a traditional Florida tangerine. Easy peel. Low seeded (avg. 1.2/fruit). Ripens near Thanksgiving and holds through January. Must be clipped. Very productive when planted with interspersed Orlando Tangelo as a pollen source. Averages 11 brix and 12 ratio in Dec, building to 13 brix and 15-17 ratio. The Roe Tangerine will degreen well with ethylene. Managed by NVDMC. Contact NVDMC for information. Will fruit heavily in the third year.




Aroema Tangerine

Easy Peel. Low Seeded (avg. 1.4/fruit). Season is November. Requires gentle handling, but has no known post-harvest issues. Crops heavy with Orlando Tangelo as a pollen source. The Aroema will degrees well with ethylene. Brix are around 10 and builds only slightly from there. Zesty flavor. May be able to increase brix with use of other rootstocks – such as Cleo or X-639, but this has not been tried. Will fruit heavily in the third year.



Tango California Tango

NVDMC holds the exclusive commercial license for the Tango in Florida. The Tango was developed at the University of California Riverside and has been planted extensively in California. The Tango is a low-seeded mandarin that has excellent internal and external color. It has good flavor. The seedy predecessor to the Tango has been grown for approx 10 years in Florida. Tango matures in the southern counties and flatwoods in late November and early December elsewhere. The harvest season has not been determined – but it is expected to be mid-January. What makes the Tango unique is that it produces a crop very early, and young trees bear high quality marketable fruit – as opposed to the lower quality fruit that is typically associated with young trees. It is expected that the Tango will have a wide production range. NVDMC has collected seed-count data and this is available from the NVDMC office. Variations in fruit quality have been observed in the field. Structured trials have not been conducted to determine the cause of the variability.

Download Tango Information Sheet


Contact NVDMC for copies of Grower and Packer Agreements and for a list of licensed nurseries.

Sugar Belle®
The Sugar Belle® is a unique mandarin hybrid, that resembles a Honeybell (Minneola), but trends towards smaller sizes and has better color and flavor. The Sugar Belle® is Alternaria resistant and matures 4-6 weeks ahead of Honeybell. This variety is well suited for the gift market and those wishing to serve the Christmas, Hanukkah and Holiday periods. It has also been successful in commercial channels. In consumer studies, the Sugar Belle® scored very high in the “likely to purchase” category. Sugar Belle® has gained recent popularity due to better average tree health in the presence of HLB than many varieties grown in Florida.




U.S. Early Pride Early Pride

The Early Pride Tangerine is a Fallglo mutation. The Early Pride resembles the Fallglo tangerine in all ways, except it is very low seeded. Many of the Early Pride Tangerines are completely seedless, but those that have seeds, are four or less. This fruit matures quite early in the season and would be one of the first crops harvested for many packers. The fruit trends towards the large size range.


The USDA Early Pride is available to Florida Growers and nurseries. Contact NVDMC for grower, packer or nursery agreements. Studies are being conducted to determine whether U.S. Early Pride requires an interspersed pollen source for fruit set. Conclusive data is not yet available.


The US Early Pride is soon to be trialed in Texas, Arizona.

Download Early Pride Fact Sheet


Pollinizer and Seed Information - Sept. 2014

US Early Pride fruit and seed count data.

Fruit were conducted on 84 USEP trees using 0.125 m frames. One half of the trees were interset with 'Orlando' as the pollinizer, one half had no 'Orlando'.

The average number of fruit per frame for interset trees was 8 (+/- 1.6), the average number per frame for non-interset trees 9 (+/- 1.4), the difference between the two groups was not significantly different.

EPSeed counts averaged 4.2 (+/- 0.3) (range 3 to 6) for fruit from trees that were interset and 1.8 (+/- 0.4) (range 0 to 3) for fruit from non-interset trees. Here the between the two groups was statistically significant.


So it looks like intersetting did not improve yield, but did increase the number of seeds. Seed number was increased by pollinizer. But even in the pollinized fruit seed counts were much lower than would be seen in standard Fallglo.


Contact NVDMC for copies of Grower and Packer Agreements and for a list of licensed nurseries.


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