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sweet lemon varieties

Postby heritagegarden » Sat Mar 30, 2013 8:26 pm

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Hi:
I have been wanting a sweet lemon tree (sweet lime?) and would like some feedback on the different varieties that I have read about: I am not sure if they are all the same, or different.
Would appreciate hearing your recommendation, especially how they taste

1)pomona sweet lemon(lime?)
2)palestine sweet lime
3)Mexican sweet lime
4)Millsweet Acidless Limetta
5)Mary Ellen sweet lime

I have bought what I think are Mary Ellens in Mexican markets. They have a slightly bitter taste to them. But I don't believe I have tasted others listed above.

Thanks!

Re: sweet lemon varieties

Postby J.Valenzuela,Novato » Sat Mar 30, 2013 9:52 pm

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Falling in love with the 'Lima dulce' in my travels in Mexico in the '80s, I also wanted to sort out all the related cultivars of Citrus limetta.

So, I am trialing all those varieties mentioned (excepting 'Mexican'), plus 'Marrakech Limonette ' and 'Lima' (perhaps an acidless orange?), all from the CCPP.

So far, I have only had the 'Palestine sweet lime' bear for me, but I am having trouble with rats stealing all the fruits.

I have used this website to help me sort them out in my mind:
http://users.kymp.net/citruspages/limes.html#limetta

Who has tasted all them side by side?

JV

Re: sweet lemon varieties

Postby heritagegarden » Sat Mar 30, 2013 10:55 pm

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Jv: Thanks! Please post again when you've tasted them all and can share your feedback!

Re: sweet lemon varieties

Postby Axel » Sat Mar 30, 2013 11:08 pm

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heritagegarden wrote:Hi:
I have been wanting a sweet lemon tree (sweet lime?) and would like some feedback on the different varieties that I have read about: I am not sure if they are all the same, or different.
Would appreciate hearing your recommendation, especially how they taste

1)pomona sweet lemon(lime?)
2)palestine sweet lime
3)Mexican sweet lime
4)Millsweet Acidless Limetta
5)Mary Ellen sweet lime

I have bought what I think are Mary Ellens in Mexican markets. They have a slightly bitter taste to them. But I don't believe I have tasted others listed above.

Thanks!


I share John's enthusiasm for the acidless citrus. My favorite acidless citrus is the vaniglia, a vanilla flavored pink fleshed acidless orange.

On the lemons/limes you listed, I've tasted all of these. 1), 3) an 4) are not really sweet, rather they are low acid lemon/limes. The only true acideless limes in the bunch are the palestine sweet lime and the mary ellen sweet lime. The palestine sweet lime is what is commonly available in the ethnic stores and has some bitterness.

That leaves Mary Ellen, which is definitely the best tasting sweet lime I've had.

Re: sweet lemon varieties

Postby heritagegarden » Sat Mar 30, 2013 11:43 pm

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Thank you very much! Now the next question: where to procure a Mary Ellen, as well as a vanigilia?

Re: sweet lemon varieties

Postby heritagegarden » Sat Mar 30, 2013 11:49 pm

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Also, Alex, where can one go to taste the limetta varieties? I'd like to try some before settling on one variety.

Thanks!

Re: sweet lemon varieties

Postby J.Valenzuela,Novato » Sun Mar 31, 2013 12:42 am

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I agree with Axel, Vaniglia Sanguigno is so unique!

I ate a couple this year (from more grafts of CCPP material), like nothing you have ever had- Mild and subtle, and yes vanilla!
JV

Re: sweet lemon varieties

Postby DavidLJ48 » Tue Apr 02, 2013 11:29 am

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Back to plain sweet limes, that you can grow or find in flea and regular markets. I have found them insipid, but don't know what varieties they are. Just a hint of sweetness and flavor drives me crazy. I eat one and they are OK, but the more I eat, the more they are not satisfying me, and then I want my taste fix, which they cannot deliver.

After that, I guess I feel like Christ when he was hungry and came upon the barren fig tree, which he cursed, before walking further on.

David
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Re: sweet lemon varieties

Postby ellen in berkeley » Wed Apr 10, 2013 9:19 am

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I have run across Millsweet ( I think it was, it matched description and pictures). I don't recall that I tried to eat it. I made marmalade with it, which I didn't care for because of the lack of tartness. (It was good on yogurt.)
However, the peel was amazingly fragrant and perfumy, rather like a bergamot. It would be wonderful grated as a seasoning or as candied peel, or added to a marmalade of other citrus.


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