Naranja Salustiana

The Salustiana orange: History, characteristics and cultivation

The Salustiana orange is an outstanding variety in the world of citrus fruits. Recognised for its exceptional flavour and ideal characteristics for the juice industry. Originating in the province of Valencia, Spain, this variety has gained popularity both nationally and internationally due to its unique quality.

History of the Salustiana

The history of the Salustiana orange dates back to 1891, when a spontaneous mutation occurred in a common orange tree in Énova, a village in the Ribera Alta region. The discovery was made by Salustiano Pallás, a local farmer, whose name was attributed to this new variety. Although some sources place the mutation later, at the end of the 1940s, the fact is that since then it has been recognised for its quality and versatility in the market.

Salustiana Tree

The Salustiana orange tree is vigorous, reaching medium to large sizes with upright, thornless branches. Its leaves are of a characteristic light green colour, and although it is very productive, it has a tendency to alternate. It is important to carry out adequate treatments to avoid the premature fall of the fruit and to maintain its health.

The Salustiana orange. The fruit

Salustiana oranges are known for their medium-large size and somewhat flattened spherical shape. The medium-thick rind is slightly lumpy and shiny, with a distinctive orange colour. The flesh is juicy, tender and offers an excellent balance between acidity and sugars, making it ideal for both direct consumption and juice production. Notably, it usually has a low limonin content and few or no seeds, which enhances its commercial value.

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