Fortunella crassifolia Swing.
Kumquats and their hybrids
January – April
Meiwa Kumquat is the result of a natural hybridization between Kumquat Nagami (oval) and Kumquat Marumi (round), which occurred in China at an undetermined period. From there it reached southwestern Japan, where it is also known as Neiha kinkan. It is one of the best kumquats for fresh consumption, but in Occident is not as well known as its parents.
TREE AND FRUIT DESCRIPTION:
Vigorous and productive tree, with a rounded shape. Rounded fruits, although sometimes they can be slightly oval. Smooth orange rind with a characteristic yellow mottling. Both the rind and the albedo are thicker than that of its parents, but equally edible. The pulp is scarce and acidic. Seeds are present.
The combination of a thick rind and albedo, with the scarcity of the acid pulp, makes its fresh consumption especially tasty.