Citrus depressa Hayata
Mandarins and their hybrids
Japan – Taiwan
September – May
Shekwasha is one of Japan’s two ancient citrus fruits. It is only found in the wild on the Ryukyu Islands (Japan) and in Taiwan. Its characteristics are unique among citrus fruits, and it has certainly played an important role in the development of more modern Japanese varieties.
TREE AND FRUIT DESCRIPTION:
Vigorous tree, round crown and fine stem. Wide, aromatic lanceolate leaves. Small, spheroidal fruits with flattened poles. Fine, somewhat rough and very aromatic rind; dark green in September and intense orange at the peak of ripening. Soft, gelatinous, juicy and acidic pulp. Presents seeds.
Shekwasha trees have ornamental value and flavonoids are extracted from the fruit. The green fruit is a good substitute for the lemon, adding a personal flavor. Juice from mature fruits accompanies sashimi and is used in preparations with ponzu. It is considered a healthy food and used to reduce the roughness of dietary fiber. The dried fruit is added to infusions for its therapeutic effects.