Citrus aurantifolia (Christm.) Swing. x
Fortunella japonica (Thunb.) Swing.
Kumquats and their hybrids
December – April
Limequat Lakeland is the result of a controlled hybridization between the Mexican lime and the Round Kumquat (Marumi), the same combination that gave origin to the Eustis Limequat. Like the other known limequats, it is a selection obtained within the breeding program carried out by W.T. Swingle at the USDA in Florida (USA) in 1909, with the objective of producing limes with greater cold tolerance. The name of this selection, Lakeland, refers to the city of the same name located in central Florida.
TREE AND FRUIT DESCRIPTION:
Small tree with open growth. Large fruits, the largest among the limequats, with an oval or obovate morphology. Soft rind, light yellow in full maturity and similar to that of the Mexican Lime, although edible. The pulp is juicy, very acidic and aromatic. It has seeds, but less than its sister Eustis.
Plant with ornamental value. The fruits are used as substitutes for the lime. They can be candied whole or used to elaborate jams, as well as to be consumed whole in fresh.