European Yuzu – Ichangpur
Citrus ichangensis Swing. x
C. limonia Osb
Papedas and their hybrids
October – November
This hybrid between the Ichang Papeda and the Otaitensis Rangpur is of unknown origin. The characteristics of the fruit, especially the essential oils in its rind and the flavor of its juice, are reminiscent of Yuzu, hence its Occidental name.
TREE AND FRUIT DESCRIPTION:
It is a leafy tree with a predominantly erect growth, but with a tendency to form a spherical tree. It presents numerous thorns. Large, lanceolate leaves with a marked winged petiole. Fruits of medium size, similar to the Rangpur Lime, and spherical morphology with flattened poles. The apical zone is usually depressed, may present areola and apparent stylar insertion. Aromatic, thick, bulky rind, which reaches orange color at maturity. It is characterized by its sticky touch. Yellow-orange flesh, juicy and aromatic, with bitter and acid juice, fresh. It has numerous monoembryonic seeds.
Once ripe, the fruit holds up well on the tree, but tends to dry out and its rind tends to crack. Both its grated rind and its juice can be used to flavor sauces, desserts or beverages.