[NAFEX] citron

Stephen Sadler Docshiva at Docshiva.org
Wed Dec 28 22:11:11 EST 2005


It's also a citrus, Ctrus medica.  Two plants with the same name.  Buddha's
hand is a very interesting variety, worth growing just for the look of the
fruit.  The rind of either can be candied and used in fruitcakes, puddings,
and confections.  The one you would find candied in the stores is the Citrus
one.  Anything labeled "candied citron" is the citrus.  By FDA regulation,
the melon citrus must be labeled as a candied watermelon. That's why there
was no further info on the label: 'citron' by itself means the citrus.
'Citron melon' or 'Citron watermelon' is the melon. More info:

http://www.hort.purdue.edu/newcrop/morton/citron.html

Yes, the melon rind has a little lemony tartness.  It is only used candied
or pickled; the citron melon is considered inedible fresh.

Stephen Sadler, Ph.D.
USDA 9, AHS heat zone 8, 
Sacramento CA - Mediterranean climate


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I have a question about "citron".

I have a recipe for a "white fruitcake" in one of my "Southern"
cookbooks that calls for citron, finely chopped.  Until recently I
thought that citron was a citrus fruit and that was that.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Citron
Then in a seed catalogue I read a description of a melon variety that
says the melon is "used to make preserves and "sweetmeats" that are
added to fruitcakes, cookies and puddings."
http://www.seedsavers.org/prodinfo.asp?number=1240(OG)

So which is it?  Is the melon lemony-flavored?  I have a package of
candied citron, but there is no indication of whether that is citrus or
melon.  A little Google-based research is inconclusive.  Is it a weed
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/FW013
or a pickle or hog fodder?
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/MV052
Was the catalogue just confused?
http://www.innvista.com/health/foods/fruits/citron.htm
Seems like melon or citrus could be used in the recipe.

Thanks for your collective wisdom.

Thomas
Hendersonville, NC

P.S.  Is either melon or citrus something that would grow well here in
the mountains of North Carolina?
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