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Monthly Archives: October 2022

  • Fuyu Persimmons

    The Fuyu Persimmon is by far our best-selling persimmon tree.
    Are persimmons citrus? No, persimmon trees are considered fruit trees and will start their dormant period in the fall.
    Persimmons are Japan's national fruit and widely grown and cultivated for over a millennium in Asian countries.
    Japanese ripe persimmons make delicious bread, bagels, and muffins, along with stuffing, jams, jellies, curry, pies, dark brown sugar, cinnamon, and raisin cookies along with other baked goods. They can also be served in salads with watercress, tomatoes, basil, red pepper, onion, and almonds along with homemade salsa and marinades or roasted even added to breakfast cereal.

    Japanese Persimmons
    We offer 4 varieties of persimmons Fuyu, Hachiya, Suruga, and Tanenashi.
    We offer two types of trees, the Hachiya and Tanenashi which will produce astringent persimmons (not as sweet), and the sweeter non-astringent persimmons of Fuyu and Suruga.
    Persimmons are a tree fruit related to the date plum.

    The Fuyu Persimmon is a non-astringent like an apple and squat shape variety, the fruit is eaten fresh off the tree. The Fuyu is the most popular compared to other varieties and has no seeds and is great for cooking and eating. The fruits tend to ripen in November and are as sweet taste and crisp like apples making them a favorite and special treat. The Fuyu persimmon is sometimes called the Sharon fruit, and they make for a perfect food to be eaten raw.
    How to ripen Fuyu persimmons. Place the fruit on a plate in the sun and they will ripen.

    The Hachiya Persimmon is an astringent variety, the fruit is picked when firm and bright orange and stored until soft. The Hachiya is often used in baking and is also a favorite for eating as fresh fruit. The Hachiya Persimmons' ripe fruit is wonderfully sweet that can be added to your favorite recipes.

    The Suruga Persimmon is a non-astringent variety, the fruit is a small round, deep orange with a sweet maple syrup flavor, vibrant, and delicious fruit.

    The Tanenashi Persimmon is an astringent variety, a seedless prolific producer of medium-sized round to cone-shaped orange-red fruits.

    Whatever your preferred Japan national fruit types of astringent varieties or non-astringent varieties Fuyu and Hachiya or, Suruga or Tanenashi, all the trees can produce fruit for many years and can be container grown in colder zones.

    The astringent persimmons are a variety that is inedible when firm. To consume them, the flesh needs to become extremely ripe, like an over-ripe tomato. The persimmon's nutritional value is like a tomato with a slippery texture and produces softer skin during the ripening process. The fruit is ready to eat when fully ripe and you can store persimmons at room temperature to ripen and they will keep in the refrigerator for several weeks. The fruit is picked in the fall and can be taken to the persimmon market or the fruit can be dried, frozen, or use the fruit for jams and jellies.

    Dormant trees still need to be protected (winterized) to remain healthy and free from diseases and insects. Prune dead branches in the later part of the fall. Foliage and branches that are in contact with soil invite undesirable pests. Therefore it is best to keep the winterized potted dormant tree clean of debris. Set it in an unheated garage or basement and allow it to go dormant for the winter months. Water the tree as you would typically through dormancy. It helps to have a moisture meter because in colder climates (even indoors) the tree will not need to be watered as often.
    Water the dormant tree when the meter reads 40%. Fertilize dormant trees in February with a 5-5-5 fertilizer.

  • Best Lime Tree for You to Buy

    Lime trees love lots of sunshine and, well-draining soil. They give your indoor and outdoor garden an elegant style and a heavenly scent of citrus year-round. Growers in regions below zone 9 can choose to grow in a container. Deciding which lime to grow will depend on the fruit you would prefer since all citrus have the same basic requirements.

    The Persian Lime

    Is the most sought-after lime tree and is a heavy bearer of juicy, lemon-sized fruit from winter to early spring. This lime variety needs very little heat to ripen, making it an excellent choice for backyard plantings or as a container-grown plant. The fruits turn to a pale yellow at full maturity and have a thin, smooth rind.
    The Persian lime is also known as the Tahiti lime tree or Bearss lime. This citrus fruit is grown commercially in the U.S. and sold in the grocery section. and is good for juicing and has a more tart taste and is less sour than key lime juice.
    Persian Lime Tree: https://lemoncitrustree.com/store/persian-lime-trees/persian-lime-small.html

    Key Lime
    Also called Mexican lime and popular with growers, this lime produces beautiful blossoms that give off a very sweet, welcoming scent that will fill your home.
    The key limes are great for cooking, garnishing drinks, or making the famous key lime pie.
    Key Lime: https://lemoncitrustree.com/store/key-lime-trees/keylime-small.html

    The Kaffir Lime
    The Kaffir is a thorny tree with an aromatic pungent scent of all citrus fruit with distinctively "double" leaves.
    The kaffir limes produce a rough, green fruit. The green lime fruit is distinguished by its bumpy exterior and its small size. The rind of the Kaffir lime fruit is commonly used in Lao and Thai curry paste, adding an aromatic, astringent flavor.
    Its hourglass-shaped Kaffir lime leaves are widely used in Asian cuisine.
    Kaffir Lime: https://lemoncitrustree.com/store/kaffir-lime-trees/lct-kaffir-lime-big.html

    Sweet Lime
    The flesh of the sweet lime is tender, very juicy, and non-acidic fruit. The sweet flavor of the limes can be peeled and eaten as a snack.
    Sweet lime is popular in Indian, Middle Eastern, and Latin American cuisines. Can be used in a variety of recipes or sweet dishes such as marinades, sauces, desserts, garnish, cocktails, meat, and poultry.
    Sweet Lime: https://lemoncitrustree.com/store/sweet-lime-tree-tallest.html

    Finger Lime
    Hailed as the "Caviar of Fruit". The finger lime has a refreshing taste that is very different from other citrus fruit, somewhat resembling a gherkin, elongated in shape, and up to 3 inches in length which are far from the usual lime shape which is round or spherical.
    When the caviar lime is cut in half, the light green juice vesicles ooze out giving the appearance of caviar erupting from the fruit. The translucent, pale green or pinkish vesicles in finger limes are round and firm, and pop on the tongue like caviar, releasing a flavor that combines lemon and lime.
    Australian finger lime: https://lemoncitrustree.com/stores/finger-lime-2citrapot.html

    Limequats
    Limequats are a hybrid of a lime and a kumquat. The round fruits are about 2 inches long. They have a thin yellow-greenish rind and light yellow skin. Limequats are a great fruit for Garnishing Drinks or adding flavor to meats and fish. The entire fruit is edible, including the skin, just like the kumquat. Many gardeners choose to grow limequats ornamentally.
    Limequat Tree: https://lemoncitrustree.com/store/lime-trees/limequat-trees/lct-limequat-tall.html


    You can grow many types of limes from Key lime, Persian, Finger, or Kaffir, care of lime trees and growing lime trees is no different than most citrus trees.
    In containers, they need well-draining soil and lots of full sunshine. In northern regions of the country, they can be taken indoors during cold temperatures. With supplemental lighting, the trees can continue to ripen and produce fruit. Whether your favorite is the Tahiti lime or known as the Thai lime or the Bearss lime, Mexican limes, Sweet limes, Lime green caviar of the finger lime, acidic flavor, refreshing taste, or acidic taste, many types of lime fruits can be available to grow with all the lime tree varieties we offer which can help you start your own personal orchard of citrus fruits.

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