[NAFEX] Cold Hardy Citrus
mrxtexas at lycos.com
Thu Jan 16 18:58:31 EST 2003
I'd say the thomasville selection I tasted was the best of the cold hardy trifoliate crosses generally available. It is edible but not enjoyable to eat. The fruit can be eaten skin and all like a kumquat. The skin is about as edible as the fruit. For Seattle residents, I'd recommend growing citrus that tastes good in a pot carried in on freezing nights or greenhouse. Nothing edible is likely to survive outdoors. Lack of hot weather will also be a problem.
>Based on your description on how bad the fruit tastes, I wouldn't consider
>growing it as a replacement for the sweet oranges I buy at the fruit stand.
>I guess my remaining culinary interest in growing thomasville would be for
>the peel. My wife often sends me out to the store in search of organic
>citrus that she carefully scratches the zest from and incorporates into
>chocolate truffle recipes. It would be really cool if she could say we grew
>the citrus that went into the truffles. Any idea of the quality of zest
>that this citrus can produce? It would also be cool to say we grew the
>cocao beans that went into the truffles, but I don't see that happening in
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