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Old 12-30-2010, 07:21 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a Eustis limequat tree, more like a plant really, 3 feet tall with several limequats about the size of a golf ball. They are starting to get slightly yellow. Does that mean they are ripe?
The smaller ones are still darker green.
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I've heard of a kumquat but not a limequat!


Sounds kinda cool. Any chance we could see a picture, Sandy?


Are they just like little limes? What will you use them for?


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I have a Eustis limequat tree, more like a plant really, 3 feet tall with several limequats about the size of a golf ball. They are starting to get slightly yellow. Does that mean they are ripe?
The smaller ones are still darker green.
If you want the lime flavor -- pick them green. Otherwise, wait until they are yellow-orange for a distinctive and somewhat sweeter flavor.
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Default Re: when is limequat ripe?

Thanks for your response, Richard!
They're a cross between a key lime and a kumquat. They look just like a key lime. thorns and all. Since the largest fruits are starting to yellow, I guess they'd be sweeter. Supposedly you can eat the whole thing peel and all. I'll let you know.
It's only about 2.5 feet tall or maybe 3. I'll take a picture tomorrow when I'm out goofing around in the greenhouse.
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Default Re: when is limequat ripe?

In the previous century, Limequats were bred as an intermediate step to obtaining a Lime hybrid that cropped multiple times per year. From those we have the well-known multi-cropping Lime varieties sold commercially today. Limequats have also been intentionally and unintentionally bred over the centuries. An outstanding cultivar is "Tavares".
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I used to grow them in Central Florida. Like a Persian Lime, or a Key Lime, you can harvest them at various times of ripeness, depending on how tart you desire the juice to be. I grew them about 18 miles from where they were developed. They are are great fruit for "marginally cold" areas where it is too cold to grow limes.
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