The Okitsu Wase Satsuma Mandarin Orange originated in Japan and is an early maturing Satsuma Mandarin. Owari Satsuma matures later and is the most commonly planted Satsuma Mandarin in California, but Okitsu Wase is also widely grown.
Taste Test Results
In a November 2014 citrus taste test of 60 varieties from California's central valley, the Okitsu Wase Satsuma was the overall winner. Tasters reported Okitsu Wase to be sweet with excellent flavor and very juicy. One taster also noted its fragrant skin. On a scale from 1 to 9, Okitsu Wase scored 7.3, a bit higher than “very good” (7).
I juiced the leftover fruit and had planned to use it in an experimental recipe, but the juice was so delicious that I decided to drink it rather than take the risk of wasting it.
Undoubtedly Okitsu Wase won the taste test in part due to good timing. Nevertheless, I will be adding Okitsu Wase to my garden based upon this result.
Okitsu Wase Satsuma Trees Readily Available
Okitsu Wase Satsuma trees are readily available in California nurseries despite Owari Satsuma trees being the most common satsuma trees.