This fall/winter we should get to taste some Seedless Kishu mandarins, Changshou kumquats, Meiwa kumquats , Ujukitsus, and a few Republic of Texas oranges. Last year Boy #1 ate 90% of all the kumquats, so I don't expect to be able to sneak too many away from him this year. The Changshou kumquat is one of my favorite citrus fruits, I don't think I could have too many of these. To my palate the Meiwa kumquats are just Ok, but as I mentioned Boy #1 loves them so I'll keep them around for now, although I've considered top-working the Meiwa tree over to Changshou.
I can't wait to pick the Seedless Kishus and the Ujukitsus. I've tried both varieties before at John Panzarella's annual citrus tasting, and both were very good, but that's not quite the same as tasting fruit from your own yard. I have tasted Ujukitsu fruits that really tasted like lemonade, and others that tasted more like plain supermarket oranges. I suspect that the taste difference was probably related to when the fruit was picked, but I'll have to wait until December to see what my particular fruit will taste like. To me the Seedless Kishu is very similar to most other satsumas, the only big difference being that the fruit is only 1.5-inches in diameter. It is a compact little tree that I planted in a 30-gallon pot by the porch, and it has grown very well there. This winter I plan to post more descriptions and photographs of each variety as they ripen