Seedless Citrus

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Q: Why do some citrus have seeds and some don’t?

To find out, The FruitGuys asked Emily Thacher Ayala, farmer at Friends’ Ranch in Ojai, CA (Ventura County).

Friends’ grows Pixies, not the fairies, but the little seedless tangerines that everybody loves, plus other great citrus such as Tahoe Golds, W. Murcotts, and Yosemite Golds.

A: Same reason some people can have lots of babies and others can’t.

Seedlessness is just a freak mutation (just like some women don’t have viable eggs).   Over hundreds of years, and especially in the past 100 years, we have selected varieties that have less or no seeds.

We find a variety by chance that does not make seeds and we can cut buds from those trees to make new ones.  There is no genetically-engineered citrus.



Comments (2)

  • anon

    Friends Ranch is in Ojai, which is in Ventura CA. The Jewel of So. CA
    from Casitas Springs, Ojai adjadcent.
    : )

    May 09, 2011
  • anon
    Karla Milosevich

    Thanks for the clarification, Cheryl! You're right, Ojai is in Ventura County, not Santa Barbara, as we had previously stated.

    May 09, 2011


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