Favorite Citrus Fruit

Discussion in 'Citrus' started by Junglekeeper, Oct 13, 2005.

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What is your favorite citrus [b]fruit[/b] and why (with reply)?

  1. Citron

    1 vote(s)
    2.0%
  2. Lemon

    10 vote(s)
    20.0%
  3. Lime

    11 vote(s)
    22.0%
  4. Orange

    8 vote(s)
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  5. Mandarin

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    22.0%
  6. Grapefruit

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    8.0%
  7. Pummelo

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    8.0%
  8. Kumquat

    1 vote(s)
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  9. Other (e.g. Hybrid)

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  1. Junglekeeper

    Junglekeeper Esteemed Contributor 10 Years

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    Lemon: I like its shape, bright color, refreshing fragrance, and taste in lemonade.
     
  2. mr.shep

    mr.shep Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    Oranges: The Sweet and Blood Oranges
    are my favorite of all Citrus for fresh eating,
    for juicing, for canning (marmalades), for
    confections (candied Orange wedges) for
    cooking (Blood Orange viniagrette) and for
    desserts (Orange sherbet, Blood Orange
    gelato and sorbet).

    Jim
     
  3. Daniel Mosquin

    Daniel Mosquin Paragon of Plants UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Blood oranges all the way - I anticipate the flavour surprise, from traditional orange to blackberry.
     
  4. Eric La Fountaine

    Eric La Fountaine Contributor UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    I love anything with lemon flavour. I drink lemonade almost every day. And the clear tart flavour can enhance so many other foods.
     
  5. Millet

    Millet Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    CaraCara Navel Orange. Because of the balance between the soluble solids and the T. acids it has an awesome taste. Also good pulp color. Page Mandarin, believed by many of the citrus experts to be the finest tasting citrus variety of all. - Millet
     
  6. Daniel Mosquin

    Daniel Mosquin Paragon of Plants UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    I should mention that if I could vote for a second favourite, it'd be limes. I always eat the pulp after adding lime juice to salads (PS lime juice, feta cheese and cracked black pepper is all one needs for a great salad along with some leafy greens)
     
  7. mr.shep

    mr.shep Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    It is hard to pick one Citrus over the other as we
    all have our favorites for different things such
    as fresh eating and for a variety of uses for the
    juice. I think it is better to compare one type
    of fruit such as a Page Mandarin with a mixed
    heritage from a cross of Clementine (Algerian
    Tangerine) with a Minneola Tangelo and have
    it match up to a Fairchild that is a cross from
    a Clementine and an Orlando Tangelo. The
    current trend is to like the sweet-tart taste
    as in some cases these two "Mandarins" can
    be a lot sweeter than a Dancy or even a Satsuma
    can be grown in the ground. From my own
    experience I like the Page Mandarin better
    from container grown plants but I prefer the
    Fairchild when grown in the ground. I prefer
    the Orlando Tangelo over the Minneola Tangelo
    for the same reason as both the Orlando and
    the Fairchild will sugar up better for us here
    than the Page and the Minneola will. That
    may not be the case grown in Riverside,
    Santa Cruz or in a greenhouse. A lot depends
    on what we want and who grew the fruit, where
    the trees are grown, were the trees grown
    indoors or outdoors and what particular uses
    do we have for them.

    Let our old form of Meyer Lemon get ripe,
    ripe right on the tree and you can fresh eat
    it without your mouth puckering. There
    is enough sweetness to overcome the
    acidity but people may not be able to
    witness such an event with trees grown
    in a container or grown indoors in a home
    or from a greenhouse.

    Millet, I have a suggestion for you why not
    start a thread with a little background of your
    greenhouse growing operation. I'd like to
    know what 52 types and varieties of Citrus
    you are growing also (just like I'd like to
    know which Citrus the UBC Botanical
    Garden has). You have a lot to offer
    people for information on indoor growing
    that the people in Ontario kept mum about
    to the rest of Canada until recently with the
    advent of the internet. You can help some
    of the people that essentially got this Citrus
    forum to come about in the first place.
    Without their interest in Citrus there would
    not have been a forum for you to come in
    from elsewhere and start posting some very
    good and informative posts. You and I are
    coming from two different worlds as I am
    a container grower as well as a production
    grower. I grow these things outdoors, so
    we may have a few areas in which we may
    not totally agree on but I have also grown
    some Citrus in containers in a greenhouse
    but that was for selling purposes in a nursery,
    not for production purposes though..

    Jim
     
  8. Junglekeeper

    Junglekeeper Esteemed Contributor 10 Years

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    Too bad we don't have citrus festivals in these parts that would allow us to taste the many varieties - we have apple festivals instead (not that there's anything wrong with that). ;)
     
  9. Daniel Mosquin

    Daniel Mosquin Paragon of Plants UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Jim - we don't have any that would be a fruit crop (at least not yet). We've about 6-7 ornamental genera of Rutaceae, but these are genera like Zanthoxylum, Skimmia, Tetradium and Choisya.
     
  10. mr.shep

    mr.shep Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    Ouch, I was way overzealous then for thinking
    the Botanical Garden may have a few forms of
    Citrus growing. Sorry about that.

    Jim
     
  11. Daniel Mosquin

    Daniel Mosquin Paragon of Plants UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Gregn (Greg) is advocating that we try some hardy varieties, which I've duly passed along to the horticulturist in charge of the Food Garden, Tony. Tony's a bit of an experimenter, so I imagine we'll be planting some in the next few years.
     
  12. Junglekeeper

    Junglekeeper Esteemed Contributor 10 Years

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    I like it - The Citrus Corner at the Garden. Tours in 2007? Reserve a spot for Trifoliate Orange and its display of fruit in winter.
     
  13. Millet

    Millet Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    Mr. Shep: For some years I have been collecting and growing containerized citrus trees in a greenhouse located in Colorado USA. The greenhouse is located at 5440-feet (1813-Meters). Colorado winters are much colder than the Vancouver area, however, because of the altitude the sun light is very strong. All of the citrus trees are planted in a custom growing medium,which is a blend of: 4-parts Coconut Husk Chips (CHC) and 1-part Peat Moss. I have receintly been experimenting with 4-parts CHC and 1 part Coir. I blend into this medium, STEM (Souble Trace Element Mix), Dolomite and a 23-4-8 slow release fertilizer. I also fertilize all the trees with every watering at 100-PPM-N. I am currently growing the following varieties:

    Bearss Lime
    Bouquet de Flores Orange (gift-Joe Lohnes)
    Buddah Hand Citron (gift Joe Lohnes)
    BC-2 Satsuma Mandarin (Developed by the GREAT Mr. Bonnie Childers of Texas.)
    Cara Cara Red Navel
    Chandler Pummelo
    Ghang Shou Kumquat (gift Neal Rahn)
    Clementine Hybrid
    Dancy Tangerine
    Ellendale Mandarin
    Etrog Citron
    Fallglo Mandarin
    V1-498 Fina Sodea Clementine Mandarin
    Flying Dragon - (Gift from Mr. Bonnie Childers of Texas)
    Fremont Mandarin (Clementine X Ponkan)
    Hamilin Dwarf
    Harvey Lemon
    Honey Murcott
    Ichang Lemon (Stan McKenzie)
    Key Lime
    Kimbrough Satsuma
    Lakeland Limequat (Key Lime X Kumquat) - Kinkoji Rootstock
    Lane Late Navel Orange (Summer Navel)
    Marisol Clementine
    Minneloa Tangelo
    Moro Blood Orange
    Myrtle Leaf Sour Orange (gift Joe Lohnes)
    Meiwa Kumquat (gift Joe Lohnes)
    Nagami Kumquat
    Orlando Tangelo
    Oroblanco Pummelo (Swingle Rootstock)
    Ortanique - Swingle Rootstock
    Owari Satsuma
    Page Mandarin (Minneola Tangelo X Clementine)
    Ponderosa Lemon
    Ponkan Mandarin
    Pong Koa Mandarin
    Red Navel Orange
    Rio Red Grapefruit
    Ruby Sweet Blood Orange
    Sanbokan Mandarin - Swingle Rootstock
    Satsuma Mandarin
    Seedless Kishu Mandarin
    Star Ruby Grapefruit
    Sunquat (Lemon X Kumquat hybrid) - Kinkoji Rootstock
    Taichang Lemon (Stan McKenzie)
    Temple Orange
    Thomasville Citrangequat (gift Neal Rahn)
    Valencia
    Variegated Calamondin
    Variegated Meyer Lemon
    Washington Navel
    Yuzu
     
  14. mr.shep

    mr.shep Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    Millet, my goodness, an impressive list of Citrus
    indeed. Thank you for listing them. I will have
    to read up on a few of them that I do not know
    or do not know much about.

    I have a ton of questions to ask such as how one
    Mandarin or a Tangelo compares to another for
    you but I'll do that at another time when it is more
    timely.

    As more people in Canada and cooler parts of the
    US and elsewhere want to try their hand to grow
    Citrus, I think they will want to know more about
    your greenhouse operation. I already sensed with
    your elevation and coolness you will be a ton of
    help for a lot of people, much more help to most
    people in this forum than I probably will be.

    Continued success,

    Jim
     
  15. Junglekeeper

    Junglekeeper Esteemed Contributor 10 Years

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    Nice collection, Millet - something I can only dream of.
     
  16. Layne Uyeno

    Layne Uyeno Active Member 10 Years

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    Kishu Mandarin. Cause it's the only citrus tree I have...for now. I was on the hunt for a mandarin/tangerine to add to my balcony and came across this one. The nurseryman recommended this one over another mandarin I was considering. Possibly the cutest mandarin/tangerine. Easy to peel bite sized fruit. Still, I savor it by seperating the tiny tiny segments. :-)

    *sigh* I can't wait till winter....

    Layne
     
  17. lemon_dreams

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    I'd have to say the lemon. I've yet to try a lot of varieties than the typical grocery store varieties. basic navelorange, sunkist lemon ad a few grapefruits. Though, in the past few months, I have tried others... kumquats, clemintines, blood oranges.. etc.

    But... it'll always be the lemon for me. I can eat themlike an orange, love em in my water, in cooking.... so many ways. I could easily eat 5-10 a day (well, w/ juicing them too)
     
  18. BabyBlue11371

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    I love eating Mandarins.. But I love cooking with Lemons and Limes..
    Gina *BabyBlue*
    WOW you have an great collection Millet!!!!
     
  19. 82Stang

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    Limes. I use them mainly in my cheesecake recipes and my father loves them in his rum and cokes. =D
     
  20. CarolineRC

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    I'd have to say limes. They are great on most Thai food and even better in a rum and Coke!
     
  21. LPN

    LPN Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    Lime also, especially Key Lime. A fresh piece in a Corona beer, Mexican food, Key Lime pie ...
     
  22. bengy

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    I would say mandarins, pummelo & lemonade for fresh eating.Limes & lemons for cooking & mix w/ drinks. Oranges & grapefruits for juicing.Sorry have so many favs...
     
  23. de bon chemin

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    The citron as the progenitor of lemon, lime and some others.Let honor the elders.
    And it's nice to munch on citron sticks sprinkled with Chartreuse or Benedictine (peel the flavodo first...)
    The sudachy is a funny one and very practical, come in different color, taste, brix and that all from the same tree, depending the location of the fruit on the tree and the picking time.
     
  24. mikeyinfla

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    red pumelo is my favorite right behind that is alemoen its a tangelo variety that looks simlar to ugly fruit but to me taste way better.there is another tangelo that is small round and sorta pink in the middle called wikiwa that is a good one mine has yet to produce fruit it is about 9 or so feet tall. than any tangelo and ruby red grapefruit. hard to pick just one
     
  25. et2007

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    I like all citrus fruits, but the most is meiwa kumquat, small enough for just eat the whole fruit...
     

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