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Citrus Medica * Etrog Citron * Israeli Fruit * Acidic Lemon Taste * Rare 5 Seeds *

Yellow, bumpy skinned citrus with a very acidic grapefruit/lemon like flavor. The fruit is most commonly used in the Jewish Feast of the Tabernacles and carries religious significance. Citrons were the first cultivated citrus, and one of the first fruits cultivated by humans. Small to medium sized tree, usually only 10-20ft high. Trees are somewhat sensitive to freezes and grow best in areas having only limited frosts and freezes. They will stand below freezing temperatures for short periods of time, although the fruit can be damaged. Trees do well in subtropical and tropical environments. Water regularly, though less during colder months.
Trees do not like standing water. Citrons for use in religious ceremonies must not be grafted or budded onto other citrus rootstock.
The peel is candied and used in a variety of desserts. The pulp can be eaten, but is often too acidic for many people.
The origin of the citron is unknown, but it was the first cultivated citrus fruit, with records dating back to 4000 B.C. It was a common fruit in the Mediterranean region, and today is cultivated primarily in Sicily, Corsica, and Crete, Greece, Israel, as well as a number of Central and South American countries. Fruits have been known to United States, sold for religious purposes.
Citrus medica, the Lemon, is a fruit tree that originates from tropical regions of Asia. It grows up to 3 meters high for 2 meters wide. It can be cultivated in pot and kept indoors. The plant blooms from March to October. The white or purple flowers are very odorant. After pollination, they will grow lemon-like fruits, yellow or orange, of very variable shapes, called ‘’Buddha’s hand’’. They are comestible, but taste bittersweet and are rarely eaten fresh. The foliage is evergreen, silky and medium green. The leaves are oblong and round edged. Stems have spikes. It is easy to cultivate. Prune slightly before the next blooming season. Hardiness zones 10-11 (1°C/35°F, 4°C/40°F) in winter. Citrus medica can tolerate short periods of frost over -4°C. Under colder temperatures, the plant dies. It prefers a fresh environment and grows well in tempered climates. Keep your plant away from very hot temperatures and direct sun, but always give plenty of light to it. Its environment has to be fresh and well-ventilated.
It needs to grow in a well-drained and light soil. Water every 2 or 3 days in order to keep the soil humid.
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