Citrus limonia Osb.
Mandarins and their hybrids
September – May
The Rangpur Lime is not really a lime, but an acid mandarin resulting from the cross between an old mandarin and a citron. This event must have occurred in the same center of origin of citrus, as it seems to be common to find Citrus limonia varieties in India, China or Myanmar. The Yellow Rangpur variety could be a more recent mutation originating in an unknown location, and selected because its fruits, once ripe, do not reach the orange color of the Rangpur lime, but remain yellow.
TREE AND FRUIT DESCRIPTION:
The tree has a more open growth habit and less dense foliage than the original Rangpur. Fruits of medium size, rounded with flattened poles, with small apical mamelon and minimal basal crown. May have faint longitudinal ribs. Slightly pitted rind, medium thick and aromatic. Pulp moderately juicy, yellow-greenish, with well-defined septa and aromatic. Juice of mild acidity, bitter and aromatic, with a complex flavor. It has seeds.
Both the rind and the juice can be used as substitutes for lemon or lime when a less marked acid character and an aroma closer to that of citron is sought.