At the annual Citrus Conference held by the Fruit Division of the Training & Professional Services Unit (Shoham) at the Ministry of Agriculture, there were seven new citrus varieties on display, alongside several veteran citrus varieties. At the conference there were four mandarin varieties (similar to clementines), two varieties similar to grapefruits and oroblancos (sweeties), and one variety of seedless lemons.
Most Israelis are familiar with local variety developed in Israel - the Orri mandarin, which is considered the finest in the world. At the conference this week, four new mandarin varieties were presented. Joining the famous Orri variety were Tamar, Einav, Orit and Sigal, - extra sweet mandarins of excellent quality that are easy to peel, have a deep red color and are seedless.
But the conference highlight, a highly awaited novelty for salad lovers, is the Ayelet lemon variety, a seedless variety, derived from the traditional Villa Franca lemon we are all familiar with, that has a special aroma and fragrance. With this newly-developed variety, juice can be squeezed from a lemon directly onto any dish or salad, without straining, ensuring that the next salad bite will be more aromatic and seedless.