Nadorcott (Afourer)

Nadorcott is a high quality, mid to late-maturing Clementine-type of mandarin. It is a fruit with great depth of flavour and sweetness and a good acidity balance. The smooth, deep orange peel is fairly tightly adhering to the segments, but is easily removed. Nadorcott on sale in UK is practically seedless, but seeds can occassionally be found.

Nadacott is also known as Afourer (from Morocco) and is sometimes marketed under the ClemenGold brand, mainly during the South African season. The use of the name ClemenGold requires that certain quality parameters have been met before sales can take place. Clemcott is a name that is occasionally used in the Spanish season for Nadorcott, whereby they are guaranteed to be seedless.

Tangold (Tango) is the same fruit as Nadorcott, but is the result of budwood from a Nadorcott tree being treated with mild irradiation which effectively rendered it seedless.

Nadorcott is a lovely mandarin, easy to peel, sweet and with a good acid balance and depth of flavour. Early season Nadorcott can be quite tangy.

Rating: ****

Quality Check:

  • Green tinge on peel: no problem
  • Puffy or soft fruit: avoid
  • Fruit should be firm with a fairly tight peel

Names: Nadorcott; Afourer.

Origin: The variety is the result of a chance cross-pollination of an unknown variety with Murcott Clementine. It was discovered in 1982 by El Bachir Nadori at an experimental station in Afourer, Morocco. The original discovery was a very seedy, though tasty fruit, but by 1988 a seedless version was being produced by isolating trees from cross pollination, which was then given the name Afourer.

Grown in: Nadorcott has become quite widespread to the extent that quite long marketing periods are possible. The main plantings exist in Morocco, Portugal, Spain, Argentina and South Africa.

Harvest & Availability:

  • January: Morocco
  • February: Spain, Portugal, Morocco
  • March: Spain, Portugal, Morocco
  • April: Spain, Portugal, Morocco
  • May: Spain, Portugal, Morocco
  • June: Spain, Portugal, Morocco
  • July: South Africa, Peru
  • August: South Africa, Peru
  • September: South Africa, Peru
  • October: South Africa, Peru
  • November:
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