Citrus limetta Risso
October – May
The species Citrus limetta arises from a natural hybridization between a Sour Orange and a Citron. They have been known and cultivated throughout the Mediterranean basin for hundreds of years. The Spanish Sweet Limetta is characterized by a low level of acid in its pulp. The great botanists of the 16th and 17th centuries already named and recognized as having been cultivated in Spain since ancient times. It is known to have been present in the Medici gardens as early as the 16th century.
TREE AND FRUIT DESCRIPTION:
Tree of medium vigor, rustic and very productive. Rounded fruits of medium size, with yellow external color when ripe and a rather pointed apical mamelon that usually holds a persistent style. Granular and very aromatic rind, with large, apparent oil glands containing oils reminiscent to hose from the bergamot. Pulp with little or no acid, pale yellowish green, juicy and sweet tasting, almost insipid.
Plant with ornamental value, for its aroma and for holding the fruits for a long time. Good source of vitamin C in a low acid fruit. In gastronomy it adds a sweet and floral citrus note to sweet and savory dishes. The rind is a good additive for alcoholic beverages or infusions. It can be consumed fresh. In India the juice is enriched with a touch of honey and sprinkled with cumin, black salt or chaat masala.