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New Zealand lemonade fruit
« on: November 09, 2022, 12:13:22 AM »
Was very excited that I had a ripe fruit on the ground today.  Brought it in and ate that bad boy up.  I think it fits true to the name.  It was 60% sour lemon, 40% sweet (I couldn't detect any mandarin flavor) and it had a lime after taste.
I think it is just a tad too sour for general public, but, it was tantalizingly close.  For all of us fruit nuts, I think it's a pretty good fruit.  Oh, and it was pretty juicy.



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Re: New Zealand lemonade fruit
« Reply #1 on: November 09, 2022, 01:28:18 AM »
Confused, as I read that it had no sourness. How is the rind?

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Re: New Zealand lemonade fruit
« Reply #2 on: November 09, 2022, 02:44:24 PM »
I grow the new zealand lemon (grafted branches). I picked some fruits to taste it again today, it does not have any sour/tartness that I can detect. It is sweet, texture is firm/crunchy and it is one of the best lemons I have.

I took some photos of my fruits, had this grafted for 3 yrs now and it tastes the same, no sourness.


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Re: New Zealand lemonade fruit
« Reply #3 on: November 09, 2022, 05:43:03 PM »
What color is your fruit when ripe.  Any pictures.

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Re: New Zealand lemonade fruit
« Reply #4 on: November 09, 2022, 06:02:46 PM »
I also asked my wife what she thought of the taste:
-Sweet ?
-Mild sweet?
-Sour ?

Her answer was it tastes like a lemon, but no acid/sour taste, just mild sweet taste..
« Last Edit: November 16, 2022, 01:54:20 PM by sc4001992 »

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Re: New Zealand lemonade fruit
« Reply #5 on: November 09, 2022, 10:08:31 PM »
My NZL fruits are mildly sour and mildly sweet.

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Re: New Zealand lemonade fruit
« Reply #6 on: November 09, 2022, 11:58:08 PM »
Interesting.   This is my first fruit ever.  I may need to wait a while until the fruit gets better.  Also, the are 2 still green on the tree.  Maybe this was just a bad one.  Looking forward to less sourness!

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Re: New Zealand lemonade fruit
« Reply #7 on: November 10, 2022, 01:51:06 AM »
Andrew, I think you might be right. If it's the first fruit on your tree, it could be a little more sour than one from an older tree. If I remember the first time I ate one of these NZ lemon from my graft, I didn't think it was anything special and it may have been a little sour. Now in it's 3rd year of fruiting, all the fruits seems to be very good tasting with no sour/tartness to me.

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Re: New Zealand lemonade fruit
« Reply #8 on: November 14, 2022, 04:37:00 AM »
They can be left on the tree and they just keep getting sweeter. It's common here to harvest some even in the middle of Summer after the "recommended" Winter harvest time.

If left on the tree this late, the mandarin flavour is a lot more pronounced.

They are such an amazing fruit. If only there was a kumquat that had the same flavour... ;)

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Re: New Zealand lemonade fruit
« Reply #9 on: November 14, 2022, 06:37:01 AM »
The rind is purely lemony or also some mandarin overtones?
BTW I will get my NZL plant in May and then will cross it with Kumquat. So maybe your dream will come true. ;)
« Last Edit: November 14, 2022, 09:00:07 AM by martweb »

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Re: New Zealand lemonade fruit
« Reply #10 on: November 14, 2022, 11:02:26 AM »
I go along with Poncirusguy,  my NZL fruit are mildly sweet and very mildly sour.
« Last Edit: November 14, 2022, 05:49:27 PM by Millet »

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Re: New Zealand lemonade fruit
« Reply #11 on: November 14, 2022, 05:18:29 PM »
Ok, I cut up some more NZ lemon and tasted it again, also compared it to a few other fruits that were ripe.

The NZ lemon is mildly sweet, and maybe very very mildly sour, I don't really taste the sour part much. I may be getting use to the taste of lemon so it does not seem sour..



« Last Edit: November 15, 2022, 03:17:15 AM by sc4001992 »

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Re: New Zealand lemonade fruit
« Reply #12 on: November 14, 2022, 05:53:20 PM »
sc4001992  looking at your picture shown above, the NZL rind looks to still be green, and not completely mature.

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Re: New Zealand lemonade fruit
« Reply #13 on: November 14, 2022, 06:25:04 PM »
yup, you're right, I picked them before the critters get to them. It could hang on the tree another month, but I also wanted the grafted branches to grow more so I picked off all the fruits.
« Last Edit: November 15, 2022, 03:18:14 AM by sc4001992 »

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Re: New Zealand lemonade fruit
« Reply #14 on: November 15, 2022, 12:45:00 AM »
sc4001992  looking at your picture shown above, the NZL rind looks to still be green, and not completely mature.

But how does the rind taste and smells like?

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Re: New Zealand lemonade fruit
« Reply #15 on: November 15, 2022, 03:37:37 AM »
I just checked on another fruit, the skin/rind on it is thin, soft like a mandarin, it has a slight lemon taste but not really sour at all.

Millet, I do notice that of all the fruits on my multi-grafted tree, the NZ lemon rind does not turn fully yellow immediately, always seems to have some area that looks greenish on the side that is covered with leaves. When it gets fully yellow the rind is softer and almost seems too ripe to me. My fruits will look like the photos I showed (mostly yellow with some green area) while the other fruits such as the Sumo, Ponkan, Kiyomi, lemons all turn completely color (orange, yellow) even if they are partially covered by leaves.

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Re: New Zealand lemonade fruit
« Reply #16 on: November 15, 2022, 04:53:38 AM »
I just checked on another fruit, the skin/rind on it is thin, soft like a mandarin, it has a slight lemon taste but not really sour at all.

So not the intense flavor like regular lemons? No mandarine flavor?

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Re: New Zealand lemonade fruit
« Reply #17 on: November 15, 2022, 05:14:49 AM »
"So not the intense flavor like regular lemons? No mandarine flavor?"

->No.

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Re: New Zealand lemonade fruit
« Reply #18 on: November 15, 2022, 08:44:15 AM »
eating a regular lemon is like eating battery acid, no flavor pure sour.

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Re: New Zealand lemonade fruit
« Reply #19 on: November 15, 2022, 10:08:53 AM »
eating a regular lemon is like eating battery acid, no flavor pure sour.

I am not speaking about the flesh but the rind.

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Re: New Zealand lemonade fruit
« Reply #20 on: November 15, 2022, 01:26:28 PM »
eating a regular lemon is like eating battery acid, no flavor pure sour.

I am not speaking about the flesh but the rind.
The NZL rind is very mildly sweet and probably nutritious.  I eat my rinds.  They are not good for zest.

 

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