There are several discussions of the merits of various types of mandarins in the archives which were quite useful. I'm wondering if any one has any experience/recommendation for mid- to late-season varieties, particularly some of the newer types. Here's what I'm considering based on what I've been able learn though there is quite a bit of conflicting information out there:
I'm leaning towards either a Pixie or a Gold Nugget. The UCR description of GN indicates they are similar. Has anybody tried both? I gather that they have similar harvest period / hold though some have indicated that GN is later w/ longer hold. True?
The Shasta Gold sounds very interesting to me, but I haven't been able to locate one. My impression is the SG is a little earlier than the two above, but has a good hold so there a lot of overlap.
The W. Murcott is also available (Tango doesn't seem to be). How do these compare to the above?
Any others I should be considering?
Does well in desert climate (phoenix area)
Long season on tree.
Seedless (not a deal breaker)
Very rich, full flavor - I like intensely sweet but even better if it's got a little bite mixed in.