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Discussion in 'Citrus' started by bonbon31316, Oct 2, 2009.

  1. bonbon31316

    bonbon31316 Member

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    My sons friend gave me some citrus fruit which she said are Key Limes. I used one today and they are not key limes so I hope someone can tell me what they are without a Photo. The biggest one she gave me is about the size of a small lemon and the smallest the size of a key lime. The outside looks like a lime, I cut it open and it looks and smells like an orange but it taste like a lemon, no sweetness at all. It is very tasty no bitterness. I'm going to try to grow it from seed and would love to know what to tell people when they ask what it is. I'll try to get a Photo later. Thank you all in advance!!!!
     
  2. joclyn

    joclyn Rising Contributor

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    probably an unripened lemon. maybe a meyer lemon (which aren't bitter)
     
  3. Gregn

    Gregn Active Member 10 Years

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    A photo would be a great help...It could be a Sudachi. Sudachi's, originate from Japan and are about the same size as a key lime and are excellent lime substitute. They are also extremely cold hardy to around -10c to -12c (11f to 14f) - give or take.

    Greg
     
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    Hi Greg,
    I looked at some images of sudachi and Kabosu.
    The fruit I have is more of a tangerine shape so I want
    to lean more toward Kabosu but the description is more
    of sudashi. In my images the smaller one is the more
    orange in color, as far as I know they came from the
    same tree. The larger one was not juicy at all so maybe
    it was not ripe yet. They both smell like an orange and
    taste like a lemon. I really think you are correct!! Thank
    you so much for all your effort.
    Alma...I've got Georgia on my mind!!
     

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    Millet Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    Definitely not a lemon or Meyer lemon, nor any type of orange, mandarin, or grapefruit. Kumquats, and Kumquat hybrids have seeds that are greenish when cut open. The fruit must be some type of Kumquat, or kumquat hybrid having a kumquat as one of the parents. You have picked the fruit while still immature, if left on the tree the fruit will turn orange. Actually, it looks like a Marumi Kumquat. Marumi Kumquats normally have only 2-3seeds, thin peel, approximately 6-8 segments, mostly round but with a slight egg shape to them. . - Millet (1,199-)
     
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