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Turunji - A Citrus You Eat Like An Apple
« 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
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Re: Turunji - A Citrus You Eat Like An Apple
« Reply #1 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 :(

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Re: Turunji - A Citrus You Eat Like An Apple
« Reply #2 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.

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Re: Turunji - A Citrus You Eat Like An Apple
« Reply #3 on: July 27, 2020, 02:42:20 PM »
Walt, exactly the same as the one I received.  I bought two.

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Re: Turunji - A Citrus You Eat Like An Apple
« Reply #4 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?

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Re: Turunji - A Citrus You Eat Like An Apple
« Reply #5 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.



































































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Re: Turunji - A Citrus You Eat Like An Apple
« Reply #6 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

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Re: Turunji - A Citrus You Eat Like An Apple
« Reply #7 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.

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Re: Turunji - A Citrus You Eat Like An Apple
« Reply #8 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.

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Re: Turunji - A Citrus You Eat Like An Apple
« Reply #9 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.
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Re: Turunji - A Citrus You Eat Like An Apple
« Reply #10 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.

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Re: Turunji - A Citrus You Eat Like An Apple
« Reply #11 on: March 24, 2021, 09:40:32 PM »
It seems that I got the last one from Logee's.