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What lemon is this?

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Xiem starts with ...
Can anyone guess what kind of lemon this is? The fruit is very misshapen with very rough skin in furrows and ridges.
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Tom says...
They look like ugli fruits (Citrus ×tangelo) to me; but they're certainly the cleanest, shiniest specimens of uglis I've ever seen if they are that.
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Xiem says...
Tom, wouldn't a tangelo cross be orange coloured? I guess it ain't necessarily so.
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Mike says...
The form depends alot on climate.My minneolas were as big as grapefruit,had a navel,no prominance and was green with a yellow hint when ripe.It could be a rootstock or might have citron in it.
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Tom says...
Hi Xiem and Mike,
I've never seen an orange coloured ugli fruit (sometimes called uniq fruit). They're always yellow or yellow-green and usually a bit dirty looking like in the pictures here which I picked off the internet. Even though we grow some in Florida, most of ours come up from nearby Jamaica. They're very easy to peel, and they taste like a very sweet grapefruit. What did yours taste like? Maybe yours are something else like Mike's minneolas or another kind of citron.

Here's a link to a website which is helpful in identifying citrus. http://www.foodsubs.com/Fruitcit.html
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Xiem says...
Thank you Tom. I'm guessing I haven't got ugli fruit because yours have concave? derrieres whereas mine had protuberances or fingers at the base. I cut mine open and found they have no seeds. They were very tasteful; not sweet but not particularly sour. Not really juicy as either.
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Tom says...
Then I'm also thinking that you don't have uglis, Xiem, if yours are round all around. Though some have seeds, most don't; and they do seem to always have that "dented butt". Hopefully, someone with a eye for them will recognize and identify for you.
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Brendan says...
This is my 'sweet lemon'. It's ridiculously sweet! I've tasted oranges more sour than this. Beware the skin tho, the acid actually burns my lips!
It's from my late mother's tree, and it is seed-grown and about 28 years old.

Anyone know what it could be? This one was 80mm diameter.
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MaryT says...
Looks like the fruit of the Lemonade tree, Brendan?
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Pauline says...
Yes, it looks like the fruit from my lemonade tree.
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Brendan says...
Hi MaryT & Pauline, No, it's not a lemonade, as it's parent tree was growing a long time before lemonades came on the market. It's parent would be over 80 years old.
Besides that, it tastes nothing like the lemonades I have growing :-)
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Mike says...
Brendan it looks like a sweet lemon to me and there are many odd types around including seedlings.Are the leaves very large,the plant smallish but broad and the flower petals quite purple on the outside before opening and very large?
My brother has a sweet rough skinned bush lemon that is a seedling.
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Brendan says...
Hi Mike, the leaves seem normal size to me, but yes, it is a smallish/broad tree, and the flowers are quite large. It has long thorns too.
Does the 'sweet lemon' have a proper name?
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MaryT says...
Brendan I don't believe your lemon is sweeter than an orange - you'd better send me one to prove it LOL Propagate!! Lemonade is a hybrid, so is yours it seems. What's in a name? But I guess you have the naming right to yours :)
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Brendan says...
Thanks MaryT, oh it's super sweet alright, and I forgot to mention the one in the photos above, was actually picked a bit green! :-)
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MaryT says...
Yes, Brendan. The greenness is probably what confused me. My lemonade also has killer rind; that's why I thought it was what you had.
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Brain says...
I'm going to say lemonade also. The lemonade was quite popular around the 80s. And I read somewhere that it was brought into Australia via shipping from China in the early part of the 20th centry.

From the look of the pics and the segments, it looked like a lemonade and I think it's a tad too big and round for Australian sweet lime (palestine sweet lime).

The purple tinge of the flower is a give away of its lemon origin.

Anyway, all it matters is you enjoy your fruit.
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Brendan says...
Hi MaryT & Brian, I found this on the net:
The tree, (i.e.Lemonade) which produces sweet lemons with an edible skin, is a cross between a lemon, a mandarin and perhaps a lime.

See it says: "edible skin". The skin of my 'lemon' is inedible. The plot thickens! :-)

Read an account of the lemonade tree here: http://www.mandarintree.com.au/mandarin-tree-articles/1988/4/14/its-a-lemonade-tree-but-whose/

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MaryT says...
Yeah well, Brendan. I can tell you the rind of my lemonade is definitely not edible fresh, but edible in the sense that I can use it in marmalade. For me, the only edible rind of citrus is on my kumquats and the bush lemon. However, some people enjoy eating oranges and lemons whole. I think 'edible' just means it won't kill you if you eat it. :)
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Brain says...
I am inclinded to say, none of the forum members here with lemonade tree (including myself) would say the lemonade lemon skin is edible by any stretch of imagination.

Anyway, thanks for the article, if the author written it in 1988 and said that the budwood is available 10 years ago, then chances are, the tree has been establised another 10 years prior. So, it adds to reason that the lemonade has been around in Aus since 1968. Or perhaps even longer.

can I humour you with a theory? As yours is a seedling plant, maybe it's a superior strain of the lemonade? For example, i read that the NZ grapefruit, is a superior strain of poorman's orange after 3 generations. Anyway, it sounds like you are onto a winner and so, can we humbly have some budwood/seeds? We'll name the tree after you ... Lemonade/sweet lemon var Brendan (like the Julie seville) :)
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Brendan says...
Thanks MaryT & Brian, I like your thinking Brian. Here's some more 'sort-of' proof that it isn't a lemonade?

The one on the left is my sweet lemon, the one on the right is a lemonade (bit green).
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MaryT says...
Your pictures made my mouth water, Brendan. I'm sorry but the only proof we would accept is a box of fruit on our doorstep :) Seriously, what sort of proof is that? I think you might have to produce pictures of leaves at least and perhaps seeds.
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Brendan says...
Ok MaryT, will do (later). I forgot to mention, they DON'T taste the same! Mine tastes like a 'sweet lemon' and the Lemonade tastes like.........Lemonade :-)))
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MaryT says...
OK Brendan. You'd better start propagating this wonder fruit of yours so we can all have one :)
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amanda says...
It's not a Seville orange is it? (with the lack of colour due to being in the tropics..?)
(edit: Ah - just read the topic from the beginning...curious brendan! It has lots of segments rather like a grapefruit tho doesn't it...?
Sounds delicious :)
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MaryT says...
No way is it a Seville, Amanda. Seville is sour and bitter.
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