Citrus lumia Risso & Poit.
Pummelos and their hybrids
December – May
Lumias are a heterogeneous group of citrus hybrids. They are thought to have originated in the Mediterranean, and were already named by agronomists and historians in the 13th century. They are hybrids of Pummelo with either Citron or Lemon. The Lumia de Valencia was described by Risso and Poiteau at the beginning of the 19th century, and by Ferrari in his treatise of 1646, where he called it Lumia Valentina. Even earlier, there is a reference that Pedro Pintor, physician to Borgia Pope Alexander VI, taught the people of Naples how to prepare a medicine with Hyacinth and the juice of the Lumia of Valencia.
TREE AND FRUIT DESCRIPTION:
Vigorous tree with a tendency to form a hemispherical crown. Large leaves with winged petiole. Large fruits, with a markedly spherical morphology, unique among the lumias, although they may have an irregular neck and if so, normally displaced from the vertical axis. Smooth, pale yellow rind when ripe. Pulp also pale yellow, juicy, sweet, somewhat fibrous and with the presence of a refreshing acid touch. It has some rounded seeds.
Both pulp and juice have an interesting hybrid character, with a restrained acidity and the bitter touch of pummelo.