Owari Satsuma is a mid to late-season variety. It has quite a flat shape, and, depending on the climatic zone, can have a small neck. Its peel is easy to remove and the bright-orange seedless flesh is sweet, plump and juicy with that attractive tender, melting mouth-feel so attractive of Satsumas.
Owari was originally the most important Satsuma variety, being the mainstay of the industry as the fruit was spread across the citrus producing regions. It is productive and cold-hardly, but tends to produce small fruit which do not hang on the tree for long after maturity. As a result, many growers have switched to improved varieties, often derived from Owari themselves. Even so, as an eating experience, Owari is hard to beat among Satsumas especially from certain parts, e.g. Japan, Korea and Peru, where the fruit is particularly oblate.
Origin: This an ancient variety of unknown Japanese origin. It is probably a safe assumption that it came from the old province of Owari!
Grown in: Japan, Korea, California, Spain, Turkey, Uruguay, Peru, Argentina
Harvest & Availability: Maturity in California is early November to December; in Spain from Late October to December; in Japan from late November to December.
For European markets:
Early June to July: from Peru, Uruguay
July: from South Africa
Late October to December: from Spain
Late November to January: from Turkey
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