Leanri is a mandarin with smooth, finely pebbled and thin peel, which is reasonably easy to remove. The peel has a low oil content and an attractive deep orange colour. The fruit is flat to round in shape depending on area of production and feels firm to the touch. The flesh is a similar orange colour when mature and the segments are plump, juicy and free of albedo. The flavour is rich with good levels of sweetness and plenty of juice, usually with a zero or low seed content.

Leanri is a mid-late season variety, maturing 4-5 weeks before Nadorcott, and after the normal end of harvest for Clemenules.

Leanri fills a very useful gap in the variety mix for South African growers in the northern areas. It has good resistance to the cold storage temperatures that are important for transport and fruit fly control. Leanri is prone to creasing if left to hang on the tree after the normal harvesting period.

Brix/total acid ratio: 11.5-12.2

Good Fruit Guide Rating: ****

Leanri is a wonderful mandarin with depth of flavour, easy-peeling and pleny of juice.

Rich, juicy, easy-peeling.

Names: Leanri; PBR registration no. 20156038

Origin: Leanri is the result of an induced mutation of Furr (a Clementine x Murcott cross) conducted at Esslan Nursery, Malelane, South Africa. It was selected in 2008. The variety is owned by Comoset (pty) Ltd. Marketing is by Citrogold and Biogold International. First commercialisation of significant volumes from Spain started in 2020-21 season.

Grown in: South Africa, Spain.

Harvest & Availability: Harvest times are: Spain – January/February; South Africa – May/June/July. Availability in UK is as follows:

  • January:                   Spain
  • February:                 Spain
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  • June:                         South Africa
  • July:                          South Africa
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Leanri – Citrogold


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