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Ujukitsu vs. New Zealand lemons
« on: April 04, 2019, 05:25:57 PM »
I have an in ground ujukitsu (planted in '09) that is fairly productive but the fruit quality is only OK. Tastes fine but is seedy and has pretty tough membranes that detract from eating it.  It also tends to get dry spots in the fruit. How much more superior would a New Zealand lemon be for eating out of hand or for juicing? If it is much better, I would consider cutting the ujukitsu down and top working something else on it.  Even cara-cara orange, if it is compatible to the root stock.
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Re: Ujukitsu vs. New Zealand lemons
« Reply #1 on: April 04, 2019, 09:50:50 PM »
New Zealand Lemonade, does have a lemon like taste, but no where as intense and biting as an actual lemon such as Eureka, therefore not a substitute for an actual lemon.. However, the taste is really excellent (in my opinion) and very adapted to eating out of hand.  I have a NZL tree and really like them. Their best taste is when the fruit is left on the tree until it turns from green to yellow.  Well worth growing.

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Re: Ujukitsu vs. New Zealand lemons
« Reply #2 on: April 05, 2019, 04:16:04 PM »
Is NZL superior to Ujukitsu as a fresh eating fruit?  In terms of flavor, fruit quality, cold-hardiness and such? 

I picked two ujukitsu's yesterday.  One was very sweet and tasty, the other, from the same tree mind you, was tasteless.  An amazing variation from the same bush. 

What is the growth habit of your NZL? My Ujukitsu has a weeping, spreading growth pattern. 
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Re: Ujukitsu vs. New Zealand lemons
« Reply #3 on: April 05, 2019, 04:18:14 PM »

Here is pic of my Ujukitsu
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Re: Ujukitsu vs. New Zealand lemons
« Reply #4 on: April 05, 2019, 06:20:33 PM »
NZL has an upward growth habit.  Much like a lemon tree.

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Re: Ujukitsu vs. New Zealand lemons
« Reply #5 on: April 06, 2019, 05:26:58 PM »
NZL has an upward growth habit.  Much like a lemon tree.

Look me up next fall. I have a bearing NZ lemonade tree in the ground in Sienna Plantation. Ujukitsu is pretty good if
you wait until January. It is not one of my favorites however. I recently topworked the lemonade tree to blood oranges. The lower part of the tree will still be lemonade.  IMHO cara cara is way better than either ujukitsu or lemonade. https://mrtexascitrus.weebly.com/citrusvarieties.html

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Re: Ujukitsu vs. New Zealand lemons
« Reply #6 on: April 12, 2019, 07:22:25 PM »
Thanks.  I may do that. 
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