Canistel Varieties




There are a number of abiu varieties (e.g., 'Gray', 'Z-2'); however, few selections or varieties are available in Florida.
There is a lot of variability among seedling trees. 1

Variety

Origin

Weight

(oz)

Seed number

Season

Comments

Rec.z

Bruce

Florida

6-24

1-4

Aug.-Oct./Feb.-

March

Dry flesh, fair eating quality, large fruit

M

Fairchild #1

Florida

4-13

1-7

Sept.-Oct.

Moist pulp, good eating quality, medium-large fruit

Y

Fairchild #2

Florida

2-9

1-4

Year-round

Moist pulp, good eating quality, small fruit, low production

N

Fitzpatrick

Florida

2-3

1-3

Sept.-Jan.

Greenish-yellow peel at maturity, moist pulp, productive, small fruit, good eating quality

Y

Keisau

Florida

7-11

1-4

Winter

Medium dry pulp, medium-large fruit

N

Oro

Florida

7-18

1-4

Sept.-Oct./Feb.-

April

Moist pulp, large fruit, heavy producer, good eating quality

Y

Ross

Florida

3-6

1-3

Fall-winter

Greenish-yellow peel at maturity, moist pulp, small fruit, O.K. eating quality

N

Trompo

Florida

8-15

1-4

Sept./Oct./Feb.-

May

Moist pulp, large fruit, heavy producer, good quality

Y

USDA 1 Florida

3-10

1-5

Fall-Winter Dry and mealy pulp, large number of seeds

N

z Recommendation: Y, yes; N, no; M, maybe.



Cultivars
Canistel cultivars magnifying glass

‘Bruce’ is a large, uniform and attractive fruit shaped much like a Hersey’s chocolate kiss (only yellow). Fruiting occurs in two major waves during August to October and again from February to March. There are 2 to 3 seeds in each fruit and plenty to eat. Fruits have dry flesh, are large and are of fair eating quality. 2

‘Fairchild’ is a compact tree with slightly curved more elongated fruit. The production is heavy and its timing is roughly the same as with the previous variety. 2

‘Ross’ is distintive among the others selections. The fruit are flattened like a hole-less doughnut and often is slightly flutted. The flesh is juicy and there are from 3 to 5 seeds in the fruit. The tree is slow growing and easy to control. 2

'Trompo' (formerly 9681) is a University of Florida selection. The fruit is large, sweet and has excellent texture. 2



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Bibliography

1 Crane, Jonathan H., Balerdi, Carlos F. and Maguire, Ian. "Canistel Growing in the Florida Home Landscape." edis.ifas.ufl.edu. This document is HS1049, one of a series of the Horticultural Sciences Department, Florida Cooperative Extension Service, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida. Publication date Nov. 2005. Revised Oct. 2006 and Nov. 2016. Web. 5 Apr. 2017.
2 Ledesma, Noris. "The Canistel, A Winter Fruit for South Florida." fairchildgarden.org. 20 Apr. 2012. Web. 24 Dec. 2014.

Published 16 Jan. 2015 LR. Last update 5 apr. 2017 LR
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