[NAFEX] Winter Hardy Orange
nottke1 at earthlink.net
Mon Feb 26 20:30:08 EST 2007
I have a few hundred Hardy Orange (Poncirus trifoliata) thanks to a previous owner who did not keep them bush-hogged out of a cattle pasture. I have eliminated about half of them so far.
Per some discussions on this site a couple years ago, I harvested ripe fruit in September from many of the trees, looking for ones with fewer seeds and less bitter pulp. There was very little difference between all the fruit I tested. It is intensely flavored, but makes good lemonade (1 tbsp juice to a cup of sugar and a cup of water). I made some good marmalade from the peel and juice, but I have not bothered to repeat it.
The peel contains a sticky white sap until the fruit is dead ripe.
Cut branches and trunks, after drying for a week, are so high in oil content, they burn as if they had been soaked in gasoline!
>3) Oranges - Ponicirus trifoliata is listed as having fruit that is
>inedible (bitter, I assume) or lemon-like. What are people's experiences
>out there? Is it worth growing as a lemon substitute? Does the fruit
>mature in sone 5? Does anyone have experience with any of the other
>winter-hardy hybrids out there?
west of Winston-Salem
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