Citrus aurantifolia (Christm.) Swing. x
Fortunella japonica (Thunb.) Swing.
Kumquats and their hybrids
December – April
Limequat Eustis is the result of a controlled hybridization between Mexican Lime and Round Kumquat (Marumi). Like 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. The name of this selection, Eustis, refers to the city of the same name in the state of Florida, and was coined by Swingle himself in 1913. It is the most widely cultivated limequat.
TREE AND FRUIT DESCRIPTION:
Small tree of open growth. Fruits are similar in size to the Marumi kumquat, but somewhat more oval. They hold less on the tree than those of the kumquat. Smooth, light yellow rind at full maturity, sweeter than that of its female parent, the Mexican Lime. The rind is edible. The pulp is crunchy, juicy, acidic and very aromatic. It has seeds.
The tree has ornamental use. The fruits are used fresh in cocktails and salads, both vegetable or fruit. Its juice is used as a condiment to replace lemon or lime. They can be candied whole or made into jams, as well as consumed fresh.