Yemen (Temoni) citron
Citrus medica L.
Photos by David Karp, CVC, 12/5/2006. Photo rights.
Source: Received as budwood from the Bureau of Plant Introduction, 1934.
Parentage/origins: Donated by S.H. Holzman, Rehovot, Central, Israel.
Rootstocks of accession: Yuma Ponderosa lemon
Season of ripeness at Riverside: November to January
Notes and observations:
3/16/1989, EMN: This variety is used for religious purposes; the fruit is sweet and has a pleasant flavor. Medium size on average, size varies from small to large. Shape irrigular, most fruits elongate, many with pointy nose. Yellow rind, matures late. Rind rough; fluted, especially at apes. Rind very thick; strips of rind albedo connect around seeds to solid central core; no juice vesicles. Seedy. Flavor of albedo is sweet but very mild--almost flavorless. This could be described as a "dry" citron.
12/5/2006, DK & TS: Most notably, has many seeds but no juice vesicles in the segments, which are separated by strips of albedo. Rind thick, sweet.
Availability: Not commercially available in California.
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