So, you’ve heard of lemons, you’ve heard of lemonade, but did you know there’s an actual lemonade fruit? Chances are you’ve already tried one, although you may have assumed it was just an especially sweet lemon.
This delicious yellow orb is almost identical to a lemon, but is in fact a hybrid citrus fruit - known in botanic circles as Citrus limon. It is the pleasant result of a tryst between a mandarin and a Meyer lemon, although some debate this, claiming that it’s a cross between a grapefruit and lemon.
Like lemons, lemonade fruit are rounded or oval, with bright yellow skin. The tree itself is rather attractive, making it a popular ornamental tree. It is mini-sized in comparison to its larger citrus relatives, with pleasant smelling white flowers and dark green leaves.
This special little tree was first discovered in New Zealand not so long ago, in the era of poodle perms and neon - the 1980s. Like many citrus varieties, it grows best in subtropical areas. That means it does really well in little old NZ.