Italian citronCitrus medica L.
Photos by David Karp, CVC, 11/7/2006. Photo rights.
Source: Received as budwood from John Carpenter, USDA Date & Citrus Station, Indio, CA, 1966.
Parentage/origins: Parents unknown. From the US Hort. Station (Hiawassie Farm), Orlando, FL.
Rootstocks of accession: Yuma Ponderosa lemon
Season of ripeness at Riverside: November to January
Notes and observations:
11/11/1988, EMN: Fruit is very similar to Diamante, CRC 3523, but rind is less thick, being about 1/3 of fruit cross sectional radius whereas our Diamante rind comprises about 1/2 the fruit radius.
11/7/2006, DK: The tree bears a heavy crop of relatively large fruits, which are markedly elongated; some have a tapered apex. It has nice juice and rind.
Description from The Citrus Industry Vol. 1 (1967):
"Fruit large, long-oval to ellipsoid; basal cavity furrowed and surrounded by low collar; apex broadly nippled; and seedy. Color lemon-yellow at maturity. Rind very thick and fleshy; surface smooth and sometimes indistinctly lobed or ribbed. Flesh crisp; lacking in juice, but acid, like lemon.
Availability: Not commercially available in California.
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