Amanatsu ( or ) 甘 夏 natsumikan is a yellowish orange citrus hybrid fruit, a group of cultivars of Citrus natsudaidai (, which were discovered in 1740 in the ナツミカン（夏蜜柑 ) ? Yamaguchi prefecture of Japan.
In Japan, it is officially known as the
kawano natsu daidai (, but also colloquially the カワノナツダイダイ（川野夏橙） ) ? amanatsu, amanatsu daidai (, 甘夏橙) amanatsukan (, and 甘夏柑) amanatsu mikan (. 甘夏蜜柑（甘夏みかん）)
Description [ edit ]
Natsumikan is about the size of
grapefruit and oblate in shape. The fruit contains 12 segments and about 30 seeds. The rough textured fruit is easy to peel and is commonly eaten fresh. It is also used for wide variety of products ranging from marmalades to alcoholic beverages.
Cultivation [ edit ]
Natsumikan is grown commercially in Japan, notably in
Kumamoto and Ehime prefecture. The city of Hagi is famous for its natsumikans, particularly when used in natsumikan juice and ice cream.
Genetics [ edit ]
The natsumikan tree is believed to be genetically derived from the
pomelo ( Citrus grandis or Citrus maxima).
Medicine [ edit ]
Researchers found that immature natsumikan peel is beneficial for the treatment of
chronic allergic dermatitis. [1 ]
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