Indian citron hybrid
Citrus medica L.
Photos by David Karp, CVC, 12/5/2006. Photo Rights.
Source: Received as seed from India, 1912. Open pollinated seedling.
Parentage/origins: Parents unknown. Seeds of a variety of citron without label were received from India with other citrus seeds.
Rootstocks of accession: Yuma Ponderosa lemon
Season of ripeness at Riverside: November to January
Notes and observations:
12/22/1987, EMN: A typical citron with lemon yellow moderately bumpy and slightly fluted rind. Individual fruit size varies from medium/small to large; many fruits have a long pointed nose, and there is a persistent style on many fruits. Rind is moderately thick to thick, flesh light yellow, sour. Seeds small & numerous.
12/5/2006, DK & TS: Fruits have large, persistant styles. Most typically lemonlike in shape, with a long, pointed nose; but some are round or elongate. Flesh light yellow, fairly juicy, sour, with lemon flavor. Thick rind has bitter, chemical insecticide flavor. Noelle Barkley's study, Assessing genetic diversity and population structure in a citrus germplasm collection utilizing simple sequence repeat markers (SSRs), says it's pure citron.
Availability: Not commercially available in California.
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