Lemon citron Rubra
Citrus limonimedica Lush.
Lemons and their hybrids
November – Juny
The Rubra lemon-citron owes its name to the color of its rind and pulp when ripe (rubra is Latin for red). The fact that this variety is named in Latin indicates that it is an ancient hybrid, known in the Mediterranean for centuries, although of uncertain origin.
TREE AND FRUIT DESCRIPTION:
The fruit is medium-large in size, rounded, but with a pronounced and pointed apical mamelon that gives it a fusiform appearance. Its rind is quite thick, orange and rough in its early stages of growth, to become smoother at maturity. The albedo is not edible, as it is flabby and sour, although aromatic. The flesh is pale orange, not very juicy and acidic, with different taste of that from lemon. Better if harvested before it is fully ripe, in order to enjoy the color of the rind and to have a juicer pulp.
The rind-albedo tandem could be used to flavor drinks, and the pulp cut in segments and added to salads.