Citrus medica L.
Photos by David Karp, CVC, 11/7/2006. Photo rights.
Source: Received as a budded tree from John Carpenter, USDA Date & Citrus Station, Indio, California. 1968. Open pollinated seedling.
Parentage/origins: Parents unknown.
Rootstocks of accession: Yuma Ponderosa lemon
Season of ripeness at Riverside: November to January
Notes and observations:
12/2/1987, EMN: This is a relatively small citron; the fruit is about the size and shape of a large market tomato, flattened at both ends. Yellow rind, some fruits have a persistent style. Medium thick rind, sour, lemon-like flavor. Leaves are smallish with a blunt tip but fairly typical of citron.
11/7/2006, DK: Has a distinctive flattish shape, and despite its name has acid flesh. The fruit has a lemony aroma, but molecular markers indicate that it's pure citron (Please see Noelle Barkley's study, Assessing genetic diversity and population structure in a citrus germplasm collection utilizing simple sequence repeat markers (SSRs)). The small fruit looks like a little persimmon, or Chinese lantern. Tree is small, flat; leaves look like citron.
Availability: Not commercially available in California.
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