Melanesian papeda – Satkara
Citrus macroptera Montr.
Papedas and their hybrids
September – February
This is one of the most wildly distributed papedas in Asia. Its scientific name refers to the morphology of the petiole of its leaves (in Greek: macro, “big”, ptero, “wing”). Also known as Ginger Lime.
TREE AND FRUIT DESCRIPTION:
Moderately vigorous tree of slow growth and with few thorns. Big, wide, lanceolate leaves with large winged petiole and characteristic aroma. Medium sized fruit, the size of an orange, with a pyriform or subglobose morphology, with soft apical mamelon. Very smooth rind, highly attached to the pulp, bright green at the beginning, reaching yellow at maturity. Very aromatic. Green-yellowish pulp, even in the ripe fruit, not very juicy but very aromatic, characterized by its very bitter taste due to the presence of pungent oil. With seeds.
It is consumed green in September and October, ripe from November to February. In Polynesia, the pulp is used as a shampoo and as a soap for clothes. Both the juice and the leaves, macerated with a little water, form a rich lather used to bleach the hair. In Bangladesh, the juice is used as a condiment in meat and fish stews, and to prepare curry. In Asia, the rind is consumed fresh as a vegetable.