Scientific name: Citrus reticulata
Pixie tangerines also known as pixie mandarins are a small variety of citrus which are closely related to honey dew tangerines averaging 2 to 8 centimeters in diameter, and have a round to slightly oblate shape with a flat bottom. The thin rind ranges in color from pale orange to orange-yellow and bears a smooth to bumpy texture, covered in prominent oil glands that release fragrant essential oils. The rind is loosely attached, easily peeled, and has segments of flesh divided by thin membranes which are easy to seperate. The flesh is very succulent, tender, and seedless. Pixie tangerines are aromatic and low in acid, creating a sweet, sugary taste balanced with a zesty, mild tang.
It can be consumed by people with stomach ulcers and gastritis.
Tangerines are available in two seasons a year: January to March, June to August. Under irrigation production can be all year round but with small number of fruits. A mature tree can give you upto 200kgs per harvest with a kg of fruits going for 100-200kes depending on the season. Off season fruits as a result of irrigation fetch more income to the farmer compared to on season fruits which are produced from rainfed plants. Majority of the farmers depend on rain for production.
Courtesy: Big brothers pixie farm
Pixie tangerines are an excellent source of vitamin C to reduce inflammation, strengthen the immune system, and boost collagen production within the skin. The small fruits are also rich in vitamin A to maintain healthy organ functioning and contain potassium to balance fluid levels, fiber to stimulate the digestive tract, and lower amounts of phosphorus, folate, calcium, and magnesium.
The best climate for pixie farming in Kenya is warm or hot with temperatures between 10℃ and 30℃. The rainfall should be at least 1,000 mm annually although this can be supplemented through irrigation to achieve optimum yields. The fruit thrives between the sea level and an altitude of about 2100m. This crop does well in ASAL regions like makueni,kitui,machakos,laikipia, coastal counties and others under irrigation.
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Compiled by Stawi seeds Ltd