Citrus medica L.
November – Juny
The Diamante Citron could be a local selection from the Calabria region (Italy), specifically from the city with the same name. Its other name, Yanova, is associated with Hebrew and Genoa, the Italian port from which they were shipped to Israel.
TREE AND FRUIT DESCRIPTION:
The fruit is ellipsoidal and is characterized by its square “shoulders” and apical mamelon, giving the appearance of a diamond (diamante). The rind is smooth but ribbed, thick and acidic. The albedo is edible, flavored and of high quality, thick, firm and fleshy. The pulp is crunchy, with practically no juice, and acidic.
Traditionally, albedo has been candied both alone and with the rind. In addition, the albedo can be consumed fresh, and the grated rind is an interesting substitute for lemon. At the industrial level, in Italy it is used for the preparation of the drink known as cedrata.