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Rutaceae Citrus medica L.

Source: Magness et al. 1971

The citrons are citrus fruits (see citrus fruits.) in which the peel or rind makes up most of the fruit volume. The sweet or Corsican citron fruit is large and elliptical in shape. Diameter 3 to 5 inches, length 4 to 7 inches. Rind about 1 inch thick. The acid citrons are similar in size, shape and rind thickness. The Etrog, used by Jewish people in rites of the Feast of Tabernacles, is a small citron a little larger than lemons. Citron peel is candied, the main use of the fruit. Some citron peel used in the United States is produced in California and Florida, and part is imported.

Season, bloom to harvest: 8 to 10 months.

Production in U.S.: No data - estimate 1,000 tons.

Use: Peel candied, used in confections and culinary.

Part of fruit consumed: Mainly thick peel or rind.

Last update February 18, 1999 by ch