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Bennie Valencia


An Olinda bud mutation discovered in Southern Zimbabwe. Benny is protected; PBR ZA 981970 and managed for the owner KGB Associates by CGACC.


Commercial Release


An earlier maturing Valencia and precocious bearer. Internal quality is good with low seed counts. Benny has good external appearance. In the Letsitele area fruit matures in mid-July. Trees are smaller and more compact than Old clone Valencia


Fruit size is uniform medium to medium large with smooth to slightly coarse rinds. Fruit shape is round and fruit rind colour is uniform developing a deep orange at maturity. Benny 2 fruit are easy to peel and rind oil is moderate. Internal flesh colour is orange and flesh texture is softer than most other Valencia selections. Maturity is mid-June to mid-July depending on area. The majority of fruit vary from 90 to 80 mm (counts 48-64). Seed count are from 3 to 5 per fruit. a new selection, Benny 3 being evaluated.


Suggested rootstocks are Swingle citrumelo and Carrizo/Troyer citrange, depending on the soil type and whether planting are new or replant ground. Rootstocks inducing lower sugars and acid levels are not advised.
Evaluation Data
Evaluation Images Internal Quality
DateRegionSelectionCountJuice %BrixAcidRatioColour

Count Distribution
Young trees bear well. This cultivar produces excellent crops easily on mature trees in the far north production areas, where it is known as the farmers friend.
It is doubtful whether the Benny 2 will require crop manipulation as yields are good with no alternate bearing issues. Harvest, packing and shipping requirements as well as post-harvest disorders should be as for other Valencia’s. Under certain conditions rind pitting can be experienced, however the correct management applied as per reccomendations in Cutting edge. no. 79 and careful management and timing of N applications should be taken.