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Does anyone know what type of lemon these are?

 

I picked them up in a local store this morning. Never seen them before. The Chinese name is 香水柠檬 which translates as 'perfume lemon". Mr. Google is of no help in any language. Thanks.

 

They are the length of regular lemons but narrower.

 

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It looks very similar to an Assam lemon which originates from the Assam region of India. See if you can find it on Google. Have a look at http://citruspages.free.fr/lemons.html#longilimon

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35 minutes ago, pastryani said:

These look like finger limes.  If you google this you'll see pictures of the flesh inside which resembles caviar, and it's often used as a garnish.

 

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Citrus_australasica

 

Thanks, but I'm sure that's not it. The inside looks like a lemon and nothing like caviar.  Caviar?

 

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15 minutes ago, JohnT said:

It looks very similar to an Assam lemon which originates from the Assam region of India. See if you can find it on Google. Have a look at http://citruspages.free.fr/lemons.html#longilimon

 

Maybe. Though with China and India's frosty relationship, I wonder how they would end up here.

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Because they originated from the Assam region, it does not mean the ones you purchased are now grown there - they could now be grown locally in China or anywhere else in the world. Two years ago we had very similar looking lemons in one of our local fruit & veg. shops that are produced on our west coast region. I never saw them last year but will look out for them this year - the first crop of lemons this year are now starting to appear on the shelves and I will keep my eye open for them. For all we know, those could come from South Africa as we are exporting ship loads of citrus to China at the moment.

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35 minutes ago, Lisa Shock said:

Looks like some sort of lime to me. Most limes, when really ripe, turn partially yellow. -Not as yellow as a lemon, but, yellow enough that people often can't figure out what sort of tree they have in their yard here in Arizona.

 

That was my first thought, but they definitely taste of lemon, rather than lime. I have studied the lemon-lime conundrum in great detail (it's a huge problem here) and written about it a lot.

I'm getting ready for a three-day business trip to Hong Kong, so will say more about that when I'm back. Thanks for taking the time to reply.

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1 hour ago, JohnT said:

For all we know, those could come from South Africa as we are exporting ship loads of citrus to China at the moment.

 

Interesting. I've never seen any fruit (or anything else) here identified as South African. Most of the fruit here is local or from Hainan or imported from nearby Vietnam. It may be different in other parts of China.

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1 hour ago, Lisa Shock said:

Looks like some sort of lime to me. Most limes, when really ripe, turn partially yellow. -Not as yellow as a lemon, but, yellow enough that people often can't figure out what sort of tree they have in their yard here in Arizona.

 

Hold the front page!

 

I've just re-tasted one and I think you may be right. It's a lime or a lime/lemon cross. My first taste test was on one straight from the fridge, which I guess muted the flavor. It now tastes decidedly lime-ish. Although It still looks like a lemon. More experimentation when I get back.

 

BTW, the shop had no idea what they were.

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I agree with Lisa - on my own tree, I've experienced limes turning almost a yellowish-green when they get very ripe (meaning I've left them on the tree too long!)

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Well those just look awesome, whatever they are.

I think they are likely Assam lemons--The last time I saw them, I think I was in NYC buying an etrog and they were nearby.

Assam lemons seem like citrons to my nose--the peel is wonderfully perfumed and maybe thats the Chinese slang.

 

 

Less likely, maybe this:  http://idtools.org/id/citrus/citrusid/factsheet.php?name=Faustrimedin

 

 

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