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Title: Turunji - A Citrus You Eat Like An Apple
Post by: Millet on July 11, 2020, 02:27:18 PM
Citrus medica ‘Turunji’ never ceases to amaze the gardener with its over sized fruit. Related to the Etrog, the inner white rind is deliciously sweet and can be eaten like an apple. Remember to train the plant when it’s young to develop thick branches to support the weight of the fruit. We recently picked a 7-pound fruit measuring 14" long on a two-year-old SEEDLING. I grew a Turunji years ago. Might be a fun cultivar to cross pollinate with a Finger Lime. It is a fast bloomer from seed.  I think I will order another one, just for the fun of it.  Much of this post was taken from Logee's catalog.

https://www.logees.com/citrus-turunji-citrus-medica-2261.html (https://www.logees.com/citrus-turunji-citrus-medica-2261.html)
Title: Re: Turunji - A Citrus You Eat Like An Apple
Post by: strom on July 13, 2020, 02:39:17 PM
Wow.. this looks fun!  A short plant with unique fruit.  I just called around a few nurseries near me here in so cal since logee's can't ship here, and none have it :(
Title: Re: Turunji - A Citrus You Eat Like An Apple
Post by: Walt on July 27, 2020, 01:22:38 PM
Large fruit and precocious.  I ordered one immediately. What I got was a graft, not a seedling.  It was in a 2 inch, 5cm, pot.  And the plant was 18 inches tall. 42 cm?   I've never seen such a big plant in such a small pot.  But it seems quite healthy.
What I read is that C. medica seed is zygotic.
Title: Re: Turunji - A Citrus You Eat Like An Apple
Post by: Millet on July 27, 2020, 02:42:20 PM
Walt, exactly the same as the one I received.  I bought two.
Title: Re: Turunji - A Citrus You Eat Like An Apple
Post by: Vlad on July 27, 2020, 10:08:59 PM
So what does the "deliciously sweet" inner white rind taste like? Other than it is sweet. Is this really worth growing?
Title: Re: Turunji - A Citrus You Eat Like An Apple
Post by: Millet on July 28, 2020, 10:12:52 AM
Vlad, I cannot personally say, as I just purchased the trees.  What I know is from information published by Logees.  Anyway, it will be fun growing them.  According to published information the tree can fruit in as little and 2 years even from a seedling. The Turunjis from Logees are grafted, not seedlings.  We shall see what we shall see.  Whatever, the tree is only $14.95.



































































Title: Re: Turunji - A Citrus You Eat Like An Apple
Post by: Dirt Diva on July 28, 2020, 11:26:26 AM
Related to etrog ...

Recipe for use and how does it taste? 
My family recipe for the Italian dessert Cannoli calls for citron, also related to etrog, you use the flesh, candy it then dice and put into the cannoli  filling. . .
DELICIOUSLY sweet !

It would be worth growing if only for that one dessert   ;D

alas, I am in Texas and they can't ship here

Happy Gardening,
P J, the Dirt Diva
Title: Re: Turunji - A Citrus You Eat Like An Apple
Post by: franklazar26 on July 29, 2020, 11:01:48 PM
I wanted to purchase one of these, however I thought the size of the fruit will lead to a tree I won’t have space for haha. I settled with the Tiger Navel instead.
Title: Re: Turunji - A Citrus You Eat Like An Apple
Post by: brian on March 24, 2021, 12:09:23 PM
did you get any fruit on your Turunji?  I just saw this in the Logee's catalog and it reminded me of this thread.
Title: Re: Turunji - A Citrus You Eat Like An Apple
Post by: Millet on March 24, 2021, 05:07:03 PM
Brian, no fruit yet,  not even a sign of a beginning flower.  (3-24- 21). However, I had a Turunji tree years ago, and it did fruit quickly, but did not keep track of how old it was at the time of fruiting.  I've been keeping my greenhouse cooler to keep the propane bill down.  However, the days are getting warmer so the tree should be putting growth faster.
Title: Re: Turunji - A Citrus You Eat Like An Apple
Post by: SoCal2warm on March 24, 2021, 06:50:45 PM
The outer peel and inner white pith of a citron is much more tender and less bitter than lemon, so much so that one can reasonably eat them. The peel is not entirely without bitterness but just has a much higher degree of edibility than a lemon peel.
The inner pith doesn't have any bitterness and is even very slightly sweet (though bland), which is a good thing because citrons tend to have a very thick layer of pith. This is in contrast to something like a grapefruit where the bitterness is concentrated in the pith and one generally wants to make sure they don't eat it, and makes extra effort to pull away the pith from all the segments.
I still don't think most people would enjoy eating a citron out of hand like an apple, but it is not impossible to do so, if one enjoys sour things.
Title: Re: Turunji - A Citrus You Eat Like An Apple
Post by: Vlad on March 24, 2021, 09:40:32 PM
It seems that I got the last one from Logee's.
Title: Re: Turunji - A Citrus You Eat Like An Apple
Post by: Walt on July 08, 2021, 04:19:07 PM
Milet. Has your Turunji fruited yet?
Title: Re: Turunji - A Citrus You Eat Like An Apple
Post by: Millet on July 09, 2021, 10:15:27 AM
The tree has grown but has not yet fruited.
Title: Re: Turunji - A Citrus You Eat Like An Apple
Post by: Luisport on July 09, 2021, 03:55:31 PM
Hello everyone! There are any source for this variety in Europe? Thank's!
Title: Re: Turunji - A Citrus You Eat Like An Apple
Post by: W. on July 10, 2021, 08:46:07 PM
It does not look like Logee's has gotten this one back in stock, yet. Other than a guy on eBay selling them for over $70 with shipping using Logee's stock picture, I could not find another source for Turunji online. I guess I will be waiting for Logee's to propagate more of this variety.
Title: Re: Turunji - A Citrus You Eat Like An Apple
Post by: strom on July 12, 2021, 06:03:56 PM
I hope UCR gets it someday so I can grow in So Cal  ;D
Title: Re: Turunji - A Citrus You Eat Like An Apple
Post by: matt_citrus on July 12, 2021, 06:20:12 PM
Anyone noticing heat/sun wilting sensitivity In the new growth? Seeing some leaf tip dieback in the hottest conditions.
Title: Re: Turunji - A Citrus You Eat Like An Apple
Post by: Millet on July 12, 2021, 10:58:33 PM
Had a little leaf tip on mine when the temperature reached 103 and stayed there for an hour.
Title: Re: Turunji - A Citrus You Eat Like An Apple
Post by: vnomonee on February 26, 2022, 07:19:50 PM
Mine died of root rot when it had just formed flower buds but I was able to get two cuttings to take.

Anyone confirmed what the fruit is like?
Title: Re: Turunji - A Citrus You Eat Like An Apple
Post by: Millet on March 13, 2022, 03:42:04 PM
The Turunji (2" pot) that I purchased from Logees just 1 year & 8 months ago  has already flowered.  The flower looks somewhat like a lemon blossom as it is lightly pinkish.
Title: Re: Turunji - A Citrus You Eat Like An Apple
Post by: W. on March 16, 2022, 08:12:29 PM
Logee's now states that this variety is "Currently not in production" on their website.
Title: Re: Turunji - A Citrus You Eat Like An Apple
Post by: vnomonee on March 16, 2022, 08:25:16 PM
They don't have the smaller size, but they do have 6 of the larger size. https://www.logees.com/citrus-turunji-citrus-medica.html



Logee's now states that this variety is "Currently not in production" on their website.
Title: Re: Turunji - A Citrus You Eat Like An Apple
Post by: Vlad on March 16, 2022, 09:46:25 PM
The citrus in 2" pots I have bought from Logee's have been severely root bound. I had to remove all soil from the root balls and cut away large circling or "J" shaped roots. I had to do that to two Turunji's I bought from them and both now have yellow leaves, which I believe is due to root problems.
Title: Re: Turunji - A Citrus You Eat Like An Apple
Post by: vnomonee on March 16, 2022, 10:28:50 PM
That is how mine went, from Logees except I bought the biggest size. Leaves started to go yellow, then dropped, and then the roots rotted. I was able to take 2 cuttings from the top of the tree and had to start over. Before it died, I did notice the root mass was very tight in square shape of the container when I first up-potted it. I would check the roots for rot before it's too late

I had asked about grafting it to something in a thread back in December, there is picture of the larger sized one. https://tropicalfruitforum.com/index.php?topic=45903.msg447982

The citrus in 2" pots I have bought from Logee's have been severely root bound. I had to remove all soil from the root balls and cut away large circling or "J" shaped roots. I had to do that to two Turunji's I bought from them and both now have yellow leaves, which I believe is due to root problems.
Title: Re: Turunji - A Citrus You Eat Like An Apple
Post by: Nick C on March 18, 2022, 05:57:26 PM
Just noticed some flower buds on mine today



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Title: Re: Turunji - A Citrus You Eat Like An Apple
Post by: vnomonee on March 18, 2022, 07:21:15 PM
nice! I read somewhere that the fruit develop quickly, keep us posted
Title: Re: Turunji - A Citrus You Eat Like An Apple
Post by: TropicalFruitSeeker on March 18, 2022, 08:27:08 PM
Hey all,
It looks like Logee has some back in stock. I picked one up.
https://www.logees.com/citrus-turunji-citrus-medica.html
EDIT : just saw someone else post this further up. ! Apologies.
Title: Re: Turunji - A Citrus You Eat Like An Apple
Post by: vnomonee on July 24, 2022, 06:59:30 PM
My turunji is back from the dead via cutting. Battling spider mites now.

Did anyone get fruit yet?

(https://i.postimg.cc/nXC5bZ1w/20220724-184657-HDR.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/nXC5bZ1w)

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Title: Re: Turunji - A Citrus You Eat Like An Apple
Post by: Nick C on July 24, 2022, 10:25:46 PM
I have one small fruit hanging on for a few weeks now but it hasn't grown in size so I'm sure its gona fall off eventually