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Unusual Varieties

Our Unusual Varieties

Along with the usual varieties, we grow a range of more unusual and difficult to find citrus trees. These may be fruit in demand for specific recipes or for citrus fans looking to add to their collection. As interest in food from certain countries grows, the demand for their ingredients grow too. We are often limited with the number of trees we can produce, so please contact us for the most up to date information on availability.

BERGAMOT

(Citrus bergamia)

Often referred to as Bergamot Orange, it is not actually an orange, but a unique citrus fruit of its own. The fruit looks more like a lime or lemon as it has a green skin that ages to bright yellow.

The fruit has a very high oil content in the skin. The oil is extremely fragrant and when extracted is used to flavour Earl Grey tea as well as sweets and perfumes.

The flesh is bitter and very acidic, making it unpalatable to eat direct from the tree.

The tree is vigorous and strong growing.

BUDDHA’S HAND

(Citrus medica ‘Fingered Citron’)

The most unusual citrus ever! This tree produces a unique fruit that has long finger shaped segments that resemble a hand. There is no flesh, most of the fruit being rind that is used to make candied peel. The fruit and leaves have a very strong perfume.

They are a small to medium growing tree with large, mid-green leaves with distinct grooves.

Amaze your friends and plant one today, it will be the talking point of your whole street when it fruits.

We don’t have Buddha’s Hand available at the moment. We have them in production but are waiting for them to grow!

Chinotto fruit against leaves

CHINOTTO

(Citrus myrtifolia)

As the name suggests, Chinotto is used to make the Italian drink of the same name.

The Chinotto fruits very heavily every year with masses of orange coloured fruit that are about golf ball size. The fruit is sour and not palateable.

This compact shrub has small pointed leaves growing closely together unlike any other citrus. The fruit often form in clusters and resembles a bunch of grapes on the weeping branches. It is a pretty tree and due to its size makes a great pot specimen.

We have a very limited number of Chinotto trees available.

ETROG

(Citrus medica ‘Etrog’)

Related to Buddha’s Hand citrus, this this unusual citron variety is best described as a lemon on steroids. It can be up to double the size of a lemon with a long and elongated shape and thickish, bumpy skin. Both the leaves and the fruit are highly fragrant.

The fruit is used in salads in Italy and the Mediterranean as well as in the Jewish religious ceremony Sukkot where it’s main task is to smell wonderful.

LEMONADE

(Citrus limon x reticulata)

The Lemonade variety originated in Australia and was promoted by Engall’s Nursery, even making the front page of the Sydney Morning Herald in the late 80s. It is now widely grown in backyards throughout Australia.

The Lemonade looks like a lemon, but can be eaten straight from the tree, just like a mandarin or an orange. It’s a lot sweeter than a lemon with a refreshing tang. It truly has to be tasted to be appreciated. It makes a refreshing drink when juiced.

The tree is upright grower that produces an abundance of fruit, ripening mid-winter. Be the envy of all your friends when they sample this unusual fruit, that can’t be purchased at any fruit shop.

SUDACHI

(Citrus sudachi)

Sudachi is a variety of citrus originating in Japan and used in a similar way as the very popular Yuzu. The fruit is small, round and green turning yellow / orange when completely ripe. The juice is used as a replacement for vinegar, and the zest is considered more aromatic than either lemons or limes.

The fruit ripens April – June.

Sudachi is a medium tree reaching 3 – 4 metres when grown in the ground in ideal conditions. The leaves have an obvious petiole where they join the stem and the tree can be spiky.

TANGELO MINNEOLA

(Citrus x tangelo)

The tangelo is a cross between mandarin and grapefruit. Minneola is the most well-known of the tangelo varieties commonly available in Australia. The fruit ripens in winter and is round or bell shaped with a distinct neck at the top.

It has loose skin that is easy to peel, the flesh is very juicy and has a sweet flavour with slight grapefruit characteristics.

The tree is a good feature tree. It’s a very pretty medium grower, reaching to 4 metres in good conditions and the dark orange fruit contrasts beautifully against the glossy, green leaves.

TANGELO SEMINOLE

(Citrus x tangelo)

Tangelos are a cross between a mandarin and a grapefruit with bright orange skin and some tartness to the flavour like a grapefruit. This variety has medium – large, bright orange / red mandarin-like fruit with a very juicy, soft flesh and some seeds. The rind fits tightly to the flesh.

They are an attractive container plant or a feature tree reaching to 5 metres in ideal conditions and will produce a heavy crop. The fruit ripens late winter to spring.

If you already have an orange or a mandarin, then a tangelo is next!

YUZU

(Citrus junos)

Yuzu is in high demand! It has become increasingly popular in Australia as interest in Korean and Japanese food grows. The flavour of Yuzu fruit is tart and bitter but with a fragrance somewhere between grapefruit and mandarin.

It is not traditionally eaten fresh, but is used for both the zest and the juice to make sauces, preserves and vinegar as well as flavouring Japanese sweets.

It is a medium growing tree that is very spiky. The leaves are long and elegant with a distinct petiole.

Depending on the region, Yuzu fruit from Autumn through to Spring.

There is a very big demand for Yuzu trees, and we have a waiting list which we are working through. Please contact us and we will add you to the list. We will be releasing the remaining trees on our online store, so keep checking.

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