New clementine variety ripens three weeks earlier than Clemenules
Chile has high hopes for a new licensed citrus variety that was recently launched on the global market. Clemenluz, or Andes 1, is an early maturing clementine which resulted from a spontaneous mutation of the Clemenules variety.
Clemenluz has similar characteristics to Clemenules – being of good quality, intense colour and seedless – but ripens three weeks earlier.
It has been planted in Chile for a number of years and is now being rolled out commercially in South Africa, Spain, Morocco and Egypt.
Andes New Varieties Association (ANA), the company that manages the licensing and certification of the variety, said it is also in talks with growers in a number of other countries such as Argentina, the US and Uruguay.