Calamansi ,also known as Calamondin or Philippine Lime is a citrus hybrid of the Cumquat.
Native to the Philippines, Borneo and Sumatra this small tree grows between 3-6m but is also a popular tub specimen.
In the Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam and Indonesia it is a highly prized fruit that is served with many traditional dishes ,squeezed over spicy dishes and curries.
Unlike the orange skin of a ripe Cumquat the Calamansi stays a greenish yellow colour in the tropics when ripe, but will have the orange flesh inside. It will however ripen orange if grown in a cooler climate.
The Calamansi will take around 5 years to fully mature ,but will start to produce fruit at about 2-3 years of age.
It produces small fragrant white flowers at the end of Winter / start of Spring and will flower and fruit over a 6 month period.
The fruit is small and round with a sour ,tangy taste. It is best served with Asian dishes or can be made into marmalade.
Please note – Many edible plants are seasonal and may not be available all year round. Please contact your nearest store to check current availability.
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