Citrus meyerii Yu. Tan.
Lemons and their hybrids
November – March
The Meyer lemon is not a true lemon, although it originated after a hybridization event similar to the one that gave origin to lemons trees, meaning, between an ancestor of the Sour Orange and a Citron. Its name recognizes the work of the American plant explorer F.N. Meyer, who in 1908 introduced this variety to the West from China. At first, it was considered to be of great ornamental value, as well as a substitute for lemons and limes with greater resistance to low temperatures. However, the fragility of its fruits in post-harvest treatments prevented its commercial success in the fresh fruit market.
TREE AND FRUIT DESCRIPTION:
Vigorous and productive tree, but does not reach a large size. Bushy, open growing habit. Intermittent flowering throughout the year. Fruits of medium size, elliptical-rounded morphology. Thin and smooth rind, slightly orange-yellow when ripe. The flesh is also yellow-orange, very juicy, of juice moderately acidic and aromatic. It has seeds.
It can be used as a substitute for lemon or lime in dressings, macerations, desserts or drinks.