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Citrus => Citrus General Discussion => Topic started by: martweb on May 23, 2022, 03:31:36 AM

Title: Flavor of the lemonquat rind
Post by: martweb on May 23, 2022, 03:31:36 AM
How is the flavor of the rind of a lemonquat. I read elsewhere that it is not a hybrid between a Meyer lemon and a kumquat but between a mandarin and a kumquat. For me it is only interesting if it has a true lemony flavor in the rind.
Title: Re: Flavor of the lemonquat rind
Post by: brian on May 23, 2022, 01:49:50 PM
I just scraped, smelled, and ate the rind of a sunquat I had sitting in my fridge (it is not really fresh anymore, been in there a month) 

The rind is slightly lemony, but much less so than any true lemon or citron I've tried.  I don't detect any hint of the Meyer scent, it is simply "very weak lemon" rather than "something other than lemon" scent/taste, like some other kumquat hybrids the skin is rather bland instead of sweet like you might hope. 

Overall the fruit is a poor substitute for a lemon, however if no lemons were available I think people would be thrilled to have it.  But if you can get true lemons don't bother.
Title: Re: Flavor of the lemonquat rind
Post by: Millet on May 23, 2022, 05:48:24 PM
I never tasted a Lemonquat.  I did have a Sunquat some years ago.  It was not worth keeping and tossed it out on the compost pile.
Title: Re: Flavor of the lemonquat rind
Post by: Nick C on May 23, 2022, 09:49:04 PM
I never tasted a Lemonquat.  I did have a Sunquat some years ago.  It was not worth keeping and tossed it out on the compost pile.

I agree. Sunquat rind tasted like eating perfume/soap. Still haven't tossed it yet tho.
Title: Re: Flavor of the lemonquat rind
Post by: sea4 on May 29, 2022, 02:01:36 PM
Took me 4 years to get a single fruit from my Harris Sunquat.
 
53 ounces. 9 segments, 2 seeds
Good orange flavour, plenty of juice, not very sweet. Peel thin and somewhat bitter.
I didn't get anything lemony from it. Still a young plant, of course.

I wonder if other sources are different hybrids and thus more lemony?
Title: Re: Flavor of the lemonquat rind
Post by: brian on May 29, 2022, 06:55:59 PM
They should all be identical genetically, though there is sure to be some difference with growing conditions and age. 

Do you mean 53 grams??
Title: Re: Flavor of the lemonquat rind
Post by: sea4 on June 06, 2022, 12:14:00 PM
yes, grams, lol