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neil shaba starts with ...
How can I get thorn free citrus fruit?

I have an unknown form of citrus fruit in Australia which has lots of thorns and would like to graft it to a thornless stem to see if this solves the problem. Is this how the citrus fruit trees in nurseries propagated to make them thorn free or is there another way?

I think the citrus fruit I'm talking about is probobly what is known in the USA as soure orange. We use it instead of lemon as it is more flavoursome.

There is also another one which I think is called citrus medicus which has a very thick rind and a small centre. We discard the centre, peel the outer irregular lemon coulor surface, boil the rind in the water and discard the water to rid the rind from its bitterness and then make a very delicious and tangy marmalade from it. Is this available in Australia and what do you caal it here?
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Jan says...
I think what they use here for marmalade is a seville orange. We had one next door years ago. Heaps of thorns, nice and sour and plenty of juice. We used them instead of lemon juice in winter as a hot lemon drink.
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Jan5
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26th June 2007 10:30pm
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Kath says...
The citrus medica is also called the Citron it is used in confectionery and is one of the main ingredients in mixed peal. It is also used in religious ceremonies. It is mostly thorn free and we sell them, here is the link
http://www.daleysfruit.com.au/search.php?q=citron&SType=
We also sell the interesting and unusual looking Buddah's hand which is another form of citron and is used in the same way. They are wonderful room fresheners, filling the air with a spicy citrus scent.
Even grafted citrus can have thorns, some have more than others. Thorniness can be a sign of juvenility and it can also be more prevalent on water shoots. Some citrus like the Lisbon lemon are naturally thorny.
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neil shaba says...
Thanks Jan and Kathy

I checked out the seville orange and its name is naranja acida and funny enough it's called naranj where I come from and it fits the description. We used it back home instead of lemon because it has much more flavour.

I'll have to plant some of these and some citrons in my future home backyard.

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30th June 2007 12:19pm
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neil SHABA says...
Hi,

Just out of interest, does anyone know where I could buy Saville oranges and citron fruit in Sydney?
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30th June 2007 3:39pm
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Jan says...
Hi Neil. Check the Daleys catalogue. They have listed a Saville Orange smooth. If they don't have one at the moment they might be able to tell you an outlet near you that they have supplied with them. Regards Jan.
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neil shaba says...
I actually meant ripe fruit because in theory they should both be in season and this would do until I start growing my own.
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Kate says...
Hi Neil/Jan/Kath,
I have bought a Citron, Buddhas' Hand tree from bunnings in wollongong. Have also bought this fruit from Paddy's Market in Haymarket about a month ago may 2008 and made jam from the 4 fruit that I bought. I have the tree growing in a large pot at the moment and has a fruit growing on it. I hope not to jinx it, I'll post pictures when the fruit grow larger. cheers kate :)
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18th June 2008 5:57pm
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Vic says...
I am very interested in purchasing several 'Buddahs Hand' citrons/citrus trees? Do you import into WA? I have been trying to source them for three years. Cost and availiblity of - would be eternally appreciated!
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Kate's Edible Fruit Trees says...
Hi Vic, have you tried your local bunnings store? that is where I got my Buddahs Citron tree from. It produced a couple of fruit last year, I had grated the skin and the same with lemon and orange skin and turned it into jam. Great stuff!!!
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