The Odd Fruit

I have a collection of citrus trees in my urban orchard – oranges, lemons, cumquats, limes, citrons, lemonade fruit, tangelo and pomelo.  A lot of trees in a very small space.  It means they constantly cross with each other and produce surprising fruit.

This year the Eureka lemons all want to look like something else.  Often the fruit of a cross pollinated citrus have lots of seeds and if I have the energy and the space I would raise some seedlings.  However, it would also take more patience than I have because seedlings can take seven years or more to fruit.


This Eureka lemon must have crossed with a ‘Buddha’s Hand’


This lemon looks more like the Bergamot Orange


This one has the shape of a pomelo.

About Mary Tang

An urban orchardist everyday, a volunteer regularly, a poet sometimes and a blogger since March 2015. I travel when I can. Food is a constant.
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17 Responses to The Odd Fruit

  1. Laurie Graves says:

    Such an interesting post! Looking forward to seeing them as they ripen.

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  2. How interesting! Hope you get something extra special and delicious!

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  3. Jan Schaper says:

    Well. . . . how do they taste?

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  4. arlingwoman says:

    This is fascinating. I would never have thought. Wowsers.

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  5. gaiainaction says:

    How wonderful to see photos of your citrus fruits, and so many trees you have close together that they cross pollinate. I am at present reading a book on the history of citrus fruits in Italy, it’s called ‘the Land where lemons grow’ the story of Italy and its citrus fruits by Helena Attlee. The book is so interesting, I went and bought some bitter orange marmalade. The author has well researched her information, she claims that China is among one of the first countries to cultivate oranges by the way. I’m loving this book.

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  6. taphian says:

    wonderful collection of citrus fruit trees, Mary, great that you have such a variety and do some new ones by accident, hehe

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  7. Fascinating. Maybe you’ll produce a new strain

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