Citrus ichangensis Swing.
Papedas and their hybrids
September – February
This papeda is the most cold-resistant evergreen citrus fruit known. It is named after the city of Yichang in the Hubei Province of China. It differs from other papedas because its flowers and seeds are larger. It is the parent of citrus fruits as important for the Asian cuisine as Yuzu or Sudachi.
TREE AND FRUIT DESCRIPTION:
Tree of slow growth and open bush bearing. Typical “double” leaves of the papedas, with winged petiole of the same size as the limbo. Small, spherical or nut-shaped fruits. Finely granulated bark, dark green at the beginning and yellow-green at maturity. Very aromatic. The stylar zone is usually a characteristic protruding circle. The fruit can present resinous segregations in the rind. Scarce pulp, yellowish-green, acid and bitter. It presents numerous seeds.
Mainly the rind is used, since grated provides an intense and concentrated citrus aroma to sauces, marinades or sweets. The juice of the very ripe fruit is an interesting substitute for the lemon.