Citrus ichangensis Swing. x
C. sinensis (L.) Osb.
Papedas and their hybrids
October – December
This hybrid between the Ichang Papeda and the Sweet Orange is of unknown origin. The characteristics of the fruit, especially the essential oils in the rind and the flavor of its juice, are reminiscent of Yuzu, hence its name.
TREE AND FRUIT DESCRIPTION:
Vigorous tree of 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 larger than those from yuzu and ovoid morphology, more similar to those from Sweet Orange than the Ichang Papeda. They may have apical mamelon, and the basal neck may be somewhat prominent, but with the insertion point sunken. The rind is aromatic, thick, semi-rough, reaching a yellow-orange color at maturity. The flesh is pale yellow, very juicy and aromatic, with bitter and acid juice, fresh. It has numerous monoembryonic seeds. Once ripe, the fruit does not hold well on the tree.
Both its grated rind and its juice can be used to flavor sauces, desserts or drinks.