Citrus Spotlight: Citrumelos

updated May 12, 2022
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Edible flowers weren’t the only remarkable finds at the Hollywood farmers’ market last weekend; we also stumbled across these citrumelos from Mud Creek Ranch. Curious to find out why they’re dubbed “marmalade fruit,” we brought home a few to taste…

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Varying in shape – some looked like golden oranges, while others resembled lemons – these citrus fruits were intensely fragrant even before we cut into them. Inside, the fruit was quite juicy and seedy and tasted like a cross between a grapefruit and a lemon – much too sour for most people to enjoy out of hand, but absolutely delicious squeezed into fizzy water. The rind was unpleasantly bitter at first, but after awhile the lingering, enjoyable aftertaste led us to believe citrumelos would indeed make excellent marmalade.

Citrumelos are a hybrid of a trifoliate orange (also known as hardy orange or Chinese bitter orange) and either a grapefruit or pomelo. As far as we can tell, they don’t seem to show up in markets very often. Have you ever tried citrumelos? What did you do with them?

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