Australian lime hybrids
Citrus glauca (Lindl.) Burk. x
C. sinensis (L.) Osb.
Australian limes and their hybrids
September – October
Eremorange is a natural hybrid between the Australian Desert Lime (formerly known as Eremocitrus glauca) and a sweet orange. It was obtained and selected in Australia thanks to the high hybridization capacity of C. glauca. It is characterized by manifesting its hybrid character, both in its growth habit and in the morphology and color of its leaves (glauca comes from the Latin glaucus, meaning light green color), as well as in its fruits. Its fruits are among the first citrus to ripen, although, as with the Australian Desert Lime, they remain very little time on the tree once ripen.
TREE AND FRUIT DESCRIPTION:
Vigorous and very productive tree, with an open habit and erect growth. Markedly lanceolate leaves, reminiscent of those of the olive tree, light green in color and short petiole. The vertical arrangement of the leaves is characteristic and inherited from C. glauca. The fruits are small, spherical and have a thin, smooth, aromatic and slightly bitter rind. They reach a soft orange-yellowish color at the end of ripening. Their essential oil glands are so marked that it seems that the rind is transparent. The pulp is grainy and juicy, composed of small yellow spheres of semi-sweet and aromatic flavor. Some seeds may be present.
Given its unusual growth habit amb leaves morphology, the plant has a high ornamental value. The fruits are used for making jams. Its juice is a good accompaniment to meat and fish dishes. At Todolí Citrus, whole fruit preserves are made in syrup, resulting in an unusual but exquisite citrus dessert.