Seedless Citrus

Share this post

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


Subscribe to the WEEKLY BITE

* indicates required


Recent The FruitLife articles:

Summer fruit varieties and when you’ll be seeing them
July 9, 2019
Beehives, swales, and vermicomposting, oh my!
April 29, 2019
Spring fruit varieties and how to enjoy them
April 16, 2019
A tribute to the “Lemon Lady” of Redwood City
March 11, 2019
The FruitGuys New Year’s poem
January 8, 2019
Sowing the seeds of entrepreneurship
October 31, 2018
Give the delicious gift of farm-fresh fruit and healthy snacks
October 4, 2018
Summer to fall transition brings new fruit into the rotation
October 2, 2018
Bring some fruitful fun to your workplace on Tuesday, October 2
September 27, 2018
Farmer suicide is a public health threat and could hurt our food supply
August 14, 2018

More recent articles:

Assumptions can harm both recruiters and job seekers
July 16, 2019
Simple summer salad dressing recipes
July 11, 2019
Easy summer pasta recipe
July 4, 2019
How to create a dress code that works all year
July 2, 2019
More employers are getting serious about time off
June 27, 2019
Two Easy Recipes for Canning Stone Fruit
June 25, 2019
The health benefits of honeydew melon
June 20, 2019
The delicate flavors of white peaches and nectarines
June 13, 2019
Don’t let plantar fasciitis pain break your stride
June 11, 2019
How to make stone fruit jams and butters
June 6, 2019

About Us

Our online magazine offers a taste of workplace culture, trends, and healthy living. It features recipes for easy, delicious work meals and tips on quick office workouts. It's also an opportunity to learn about our GoodWorks program, which helps those in need in our communities and supports small, sustainable farms.