Petite (diameter of a quarter); pale yellow skin and flesh with the slightest green tint; lots of seeds.
Bright, fresh, lime. Nice and not overwhelming.
Thin, giving but firm skin (edible), with soft, juicy flesh.
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:
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.
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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.
Limequat, Lemonquat and Kumquat Margarita (oh yeah!)
Thank you for painting that fruit picture experience in such detail. I was on the edge of my seat!
ha ha! Glad you enjoyed my torture.
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
My brothers house in SoCal came with a citrus tree in the back yard. With a little experimenting and internet searching, we concluded that it was a limequat tree. Your description was very helpful in confirming the identification. “Extremely astringent” – understatement 🙂
BTW, I tried just the tiniest nibble (without the benefit of your description) for my first taste, and did not have your problem. 🙂
Limequat (Citrus x floridana) is the result of a cross between Keylime and Kumquat.
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