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Old 11-16-2015, 10:41 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default What type of citrus?

Hey everyone! I need an ID on this fruit that grows on one of my trees. I bought this plant like 4 years ago and it was suppose to be a navel orange. Like 2 years ago it started to fruit. What came out were these huge fruits!





I cut one open and it has a thick outer layer. I have tried one and it is very sour. I have asked several growers but no one knows exactly what it is. One grow said it was a cross hybrid variety of a lemon and grapefruit. I don't know!

Anyone has an idea what this is?

I really wanted a orange variety but instead I got this.
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Old 11-16-2015, 12:37 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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Default Re: What type of citrus?

Whoa! You might be able to get some essential oil's out of that peel.
If it was suppose to be a navel orange. I am going to say, someone most likely attempted to grow it from seed. Unless it was just mislabeled which is also a real possibility.
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Default Re: What type of citrus?

Looks like a Pomelo to me but that's just a guess. I'm not a big citrus fan.

Pomelo information - Citrus | Nature's Pride

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Looks like a Pomelo to me but that's just a guess. I'm not a big citrus fan.

Pomelo information - Citrus | Nature's Pride

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pomelo
you are right that is exactly what it is.
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Looks like a Pomelo to me but that's just a guess. I'm not a big citrus fan.

Pomelo information - Citrus | Nature's Pride

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pomelo
I have seen the Pomelo at the store and they look the same but the Pomelo are heavier and skin is different. But it could be a different variety from the store. I read the link and it makes sense with the taste and the peel. When they mature the fruit does turn yellow.

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For some strange reason Pomelos are very expensive at the store but they really aren't any better than grapefruit (the pomelo is one of the parents if the grapefruit). They certainly appear much larger than grapefruit but most of that is the extremely thick peel.
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This looks a lot like what we used to call "rough lemon", which is a group of lemon-like citrus used for many years in Florida as a root stock for citrus grafting. We would occasionally get a sprout from below the graft site that would fruit.

After the big canker scare in South Florida, some of the decapitated stumps survived and put out branches of their original root stock. Thus here in South Florida you can now see these "rough lemons" in back yards. They are fine for cooking and lemonade. They definitely have a different flesh from Pomelos. In any case, they are rather disease resistant and cold hardy so, Be Happy!
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This looks a lot like what we used to call "rough lemon", which is a group of lemon-like citrus used for many years in Florida as a root stock for citrus grafting. We would occasionally get a sprout from below the graft site that would fruit.

After the big canker scare in South Florida, some of the decapitated stumps survived and put out branches of their original root stock. Thus here in South Florida you can now see these "rough lemons" in back yards. They are fine for cooking and lemonade. They definitely have a different flesh from Pomelos. In any case, they are rather disease resistant and cold hardy so, Be Happy!
Thanks for the Info!

I am going to try to make a lemonade out of it and see how it taste.

I was thinking of cutting it down and using it to graft some other citrus on it. It grows fast and cold tolerant.
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Default Re: What type of citrus?

You also have citrumelo as a common root stock, what do the leaves look like.
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CURRY NARANGA OR VADUKAPULI NARAGA (CURRY CITRUS)

How to make Vadugapuli Naranga Curry (Wild Lemon Curry) - Indian Recipes, Vegetarian Recipes

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Default Re: What type of citrus?

A picture of the tree would help. It also may be a Ponderosa lemon but the rind is too wide for it. But most likely it's Pomelo just unripe.
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Plus a picture of the fruit next to an item of a known size.

Your hand cannot give an honest size reference, we don't know if you can palm a basketball or if you have little doll hands like a SNL sketch.
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Like Nick said, it's the rootstock. My neighbor has the same thing where he didn't prune off the shoots below the graft union.
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Default What type of citrus?

Looks like a Pomelo. More of a Grapefruit than an orange. Has a very thick skin like the one in your picture. Smell it, Pomelo's have a distinctive grapefruit smell but can be sour tasting. The ones from the Mediterranean region are sweeter.
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