Limequat

January 19th, 2010 | Fruit Maven

If you like to leap before you look, then this is the fruit for you!
Limequat
APPEARANCE Rating: ★★★☆☆

Petite (diameter of a quarter); pale yellow skin and flesh with the slightest green tint; lots of seeds.

AROMA Rating: ★★★½☆

Bright, fresh, lime. Nice and not overwhelming.

TEXTURE Rating: ★★★★☆

Thin, giving but firm skin (edible), with soft, juicy flesh.

TASTE Rating: ★★★☆☆

Crazy sour and extremely astringent. The peel has a nice candied lime taste, but it is overwhelmed by even the smallest amount of juice.

OVERALL Overall Rating: ★★★½☆

I hate to be harsh toward any fruit, particularly one that is so divine in a cocktail, but this limequat punched me in the face when we first met and I just can’t get over it. I’m not saying it wasn’t my fault, because it totally was. Being the fruit expert, or maven, that I am, I heard the word “limequat” and saw that it was the same size as a kumquat and got extremely cocky about my assumptions of the flavor. I picked these babies up from Specialty Produce (who got them just for me, by the way – walla walla!) and was so excited that when I got to the car and was driving away, I reached into the bag and took a hearty bite right through the skin and into the flesh. Oh my heavens, was I then punished for my confidence. It was the most astringent thing I have ever tasted in my life. It burned my throat to the point that I literally coughed for the next 10 minutes, while my red eyes just dripped with tears. I wanted so badly to laugh at myself, but the convulsions and the fact that I was simultaneously driving 65 mph (precisely the speed limit of course) required that I focus and just try not to hit anyone. Lesson learned: Limequats can be devious.

FRUIT

Limequat

VARIETY

Unknown

PEAK

Fall-Winter

ORIGIN

China

GROWN

Rancho Del Sol
Jamul, CA

PROVIDED BY

Specialty Produce
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NOTES

Please just re-read the overall impression above and take the lesson to heart. Fruit is to be respected! Do not underestimate The Fruit. Ever.

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  • emi Jan 20, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    Thank you for painting that fruit picture experience in such detail. I was on the edge of my seat!

  • Fruit Maven Jan 21, 2010 at 9:08 am

    ha ha! Glad you enjoyed my torture.

  • John P Feb 24, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    Noticed the date of the post was January. In my experience (two trees in my yard) they don’t really get ripe til March so you may have got a bite a little too early

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