Lipo – Imperial lemon
Citrus limon (L.) Burm.f. x
C. paradisi Macf.
Lemons and their hybrids
December – May
Lipo is the result of a natural hybridization between a Lemon and a Grapefruit. Although its origin is uncertain, it is known that it became popular from the 70s of the 20th century. It is a variety that since then is common in British gardens, probably because of its presence in the collection of Kew Gardens (London), from where the name Imperial Lemon probably comes from. Plants and fruits of this hybrid usually come to the UK from Italy, as it is a very popular variety in Tuscany, as well as in Liguria.
TREE AND FRUIT DESCRIPTION:
Very vigorous tree with large, oval, dark green leaves. Large, white flowers, usually grouped in clusters. Rounded fruits, larger than lemons and with a characteristic basal collar. Yellow rind, bulky, fragrant and pleasant tasting. Rich in essential oils. The pulp shows characters of both parents, as it has the flavor of lemon mixed with the bitter aroma of grapefruit.
The rind is used for zest and cocktails. Its juice, acid but pleasant, is a good seasoning for fish and salads.