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 varieties of Citrus limonia in India, China or Myanmar. While the morphology of the leaves show its hybrid character, the fruits are reminiscent of a mandarin. There are numerous varieties of C. limonia, and most of them keep the name Rangpur.
TREE AND FRUIT DESCRIPTION:
Compact tree with dense, dark foliage. Fruits of variable size and morphology, medium to large, preferably flattened and with depressed apical zone. May have persistent style. Rind vary from slightly pitted to bulging, thin and aromatic, reaching a bright orange color. Juicy orange pulp, within well-defined septa. Juice of mild acidity, with a bitter touch that gives it complexity and aroma. Some seeds are present.
The rind of the green fruit can be used as a substitute for lemon or lime, as well as the juice of the ripe fruit. It is used in the aromatization of liquors and other industrial preparations.