Mandarin Limes

Appears in
Oxford Companion to Food

By Alan Davidson

Published 2014

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mandarin limes a group of three or more similar fruits.

Rangpur, Citrus × limonia, a lemon × mandarin hybrid, originating in India. The fruit resembles a mandarin, and is grown in India, California, Australia, and Hawaii. The juice is added to mandarin juice in India to improve the flavour, but the rangpur is best known for the fine marmalade it makes, reputedly even better than that made with Seville oranges.

Kusaie is probably a form of rangpur, but is more limelike in aroma. It fruits almost continuously, and is common in Hawaii and Trinidad, though little known elsewhere.