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At What Stage To Pick Fruit From A New Zealand LemonadeTree
« on: February 04, 2018, 02:46:43 PM »
My New Zealand Lemonade (NZL) tree has produce a nice crop of fruit.  This year I let the fruit remain on the tree until they were fully mature and very yellow.  The mature fruit was about the size of an Eureka lemon.  Yesterday I picked a couple fruit for taste testing.  Unfortunately the fruit did not taste like lemonade, but rather had a washed out lemon taste to it.  I would not say they tasted unpleasant, but rather bland.  The sour aspect was much less than that of a lemon.  In the past, I remember eating the fruit while it was still green, much the way one eats a lime, but don't remember much about the exact taste, other than I liked it.  The tree has a ton of flowers on it, so new fruit should be coming soon.  I plan on tasting the new crop at various intervals trying to determine when the fruit should be picked. Anyone else with a NZL tree have comments concerning picking time?
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Re: At What Stage To Pick Fruit From A New Zealand LemonadeTree
« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2018, 03:05:02 PM »
I picked mine as soon as it turned yellow and it tasted like lemonade.

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Re: At What Stage To Pick Fruit From A New Zealand LemonadeTree
« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2018, 03:11:42 PM »
Millet, have you tasted a Santa Teresa yet this year? Just wondering to compare with others you grow. Mine S/T is growing well. Can,t wait what this  year going to do with my citrus tree,s.

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Re: At What Stage To Pick Fruit From A New Zealand LemonadeTree
« Reply #3 on: February 04, 2018, 03:27:29 PM »
Luak, yes I have.  ST is a really GREAT lemon, you will love it.  Also makes outstanding zest.  Vlad, thanks for the information, I'll certainly try it at that stage.  I think I left mine hang too long. 
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Re: At What Stage To Pick Fruit From A New Zealand LemonadeTree
« Reply #4 on: February 04, 2018, 08:16:40 PM »
My New Zealand Lemonade (NZL) tree has produce a nice crop of fruit.  This year I let the fruit remain on the tree until they were fully mature and very yellow.  The mature fruit was about the size of an Eureka lemon.  Yesterday I picked a couple fruit for taste testing.  Unfortunately the fruit did not taste like lemonade, but rather had a washed out lemon taste to it.  I would not say they tasted unpleasant, but rather bland.  The sour aspect was much less than that of a lemon.  In the past, I remember eating the fruit while it was still green, much the way one eats a lime, but don't remember much about the exact taste, other than I liked it.  The tree has a ton of flowers on it, so new fruit should be coming soon.  I plan on tasting the new crop at various intervals trying to determine when the fruit should be picked. Anyone else with a NZL tree have comments concerning picking time?

Same experience near Houston. Tried them around Thanksgiving and they were very nice. Panzarella grafted to grapefruit
and the fruit is large and watery. I put mine in the ground this year. Rats got the fruit expect for a few.

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Re: At What Stage To Pick Fruit From A New Zealand LemonadeTree
« Reply #5 on: February 04, 2018, 11:47:18 PM »
Iíve had some that were very green and seemed more like most lemons. I had some very yellow that were insipid. Iíd guess like limes they are best right before they start to yellow.

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Re: At What Stage To Pick Fruit From A New Zealand LemonadeTree
« Reply #6 on: February 05, 2018, 06:00:31 PM »
I found a fruit that still had some green in the peel, really very little green, but not yet fully yellow.  I ate it and it was better than the totally yellow fruit.  It had a little more sugar (very little) but did have some what of a lemonade flavor.   My guess at this time is that taste testing should begin when the fruit just starts to turn yellow.  Taste one fruit every 3 to 5 days to determin the prime fruit color for harvesting..
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Re: At What Stage To Pick Fruit From A New Zealand LemonadeTree
« Reply #7 on: February 05, 2018, 11:11:42 PM »
How much is citrus flavor influenced by environmental conditions during fruiting? Could differences in environmental conditions be responsible for the different opinions people have about fruit flavor? For example, my wife and I agreed that my NZL fruit tasted a lot like lemonade.

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Re: At What Stage To Pick Fruit From A New Zealand LemonadeTree
« Reply #8 on: February 05, 2018, 11:52:19 PM »
Vlad, yes. Iím sure environmental factors affect the flavor but Iím not sure we know what will or did affect flavor until itís too late of even beyond our control. Fruits and vegetables and other food stuffs can vary greatly from year to year. Many variables to numerous to list but here is just a start. Too much or too little : sun, heat, water, cold, insect damage, fertilizer and so forth ! It is not easy. Tom
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Re: At What Stage To Pick Fruit From A New Zealand LemonadeTree
« Reply #9 on: February 08, 2018, 12:07:03 AM »
I shared one on Christmas Day with my family after my neice pulled it off my tree. It was sweet juicy and lemony. Everybody liked it.

 

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