Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Citrus Maxima, the Pummelo, both a tasty fruit and the primary ancestor of the Grapefruit
Last week I visited the A.H.Whitmore Foundation Farm, a cooperative enterprise partnering US Department of Agriculture scientists and researchers with support from the Citrus Industry. It's not far from the Florida house and I was introduced to a range of unfamiliar citrus cultivars, though actually, the Pummmelo is a species. The Farm has hundred of different Citrus taxa of which I tasted a few dozen. Maybe not surprisingly some of the ones I liked the most aren't the commonest commercial varieties. Taste isn't the only factor in deciding whether to produce a fruit (or a vegetable) on a large scale so in citrus, like the temperate fruits, a little searching of smaller growers may turn up some of these uncommon delicacies.
Posted by ChrisU at 3:50 PM