Esbal is a mid-season seedless Clementine variety. It has good eating characteristics with an excellent flavour and fine tender flesh. The peel is easy to remove, and the colour is an attractive vivid orange.
Esbal does not hang on the tree well in late maturity, is prone to puffiness, and has a tender rind which is susceptible to rain.
Good Fruit Guide Rating: ***
Origin: Discovered in 1966, in Sagunto, Valencia, Spain, Esbal is the result of a bud mutation of Fina.
Grown in: Spain, South Africa
Harvest & Availability: Harvest of Esbal in Valencia, Spain is 2-3 weeks later than Marisol and 2 weeks earlier than Clemenules. Availability in the UK is generally as follows:
- April: South Africa
- May: South Africa
- November: Spain
- December: Spain
Citrus Varieties of the World by James Saunt