Mary Ellen sweet lime
Citrus limettioides Tan.
Photos by Toni Siebert, CVC. Photo rights.
Source: Received as budwood from Mexico, via Raul Gonzales of Lindcove Research and Extension Center, 2000.
Parentage/origins: Parents unknown. From Valley of the Yaquis, Sonora, Mexico.
Rootstocks of accession: Yuma Ponderosa lemon
Season of ripeness at Riverside: Unknown at this time.
Notes and observations:
C. limettiodes, is a newly-selected lime originating in Mexico where similar fruits are referred to as “lima dolce.” The mature tree is medium-large with a spreading habit. The flowers are pure white and the new leaves are bright green. The fruits are small, round to slightly oval with a smooth pale green to greenish-yellow rind at maturity. The flesh is pale yellow, tender and juicy, and has a few seeds. The flavor is insipid due to the lack of acidity in the fruit, but is appealing to some.
Availability: Commercially available in California through the Citrus Clonal Protection Program.
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