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Limequats are the size of a kumquat, petite and oval with rounded ends. Their skin's coloring, when mature, is a warm yellow-green. The peel is thin, fragrant and sweet while its flesh is tart, much like a key lime and it bears a handful of thin seeds. They may be eaten raw and are entirely edible, though removing the seeds is recommended.
Limequat season typically begins mid-fall into winter.
Limequats, botanically known as Citrus × floridana, are hybrids between varying limes and kumquats. Most Limequats have the juiciness of a key lime and the shape and tart qualities of a kumquat. Three varieties of Limequats have been distingusihed: Eustis, Lakeland, and Tavares, named after towns in Florida, the state in which they were produced. Limequat varieties are more cold-tolerant than limes though less cold tolerant than kumquats.
Commonly eaten whole out of hand or dipped in caramel, Limequats are very versatile for various cooking applications. Used raw, Limequats can be sliced and added to salads or used as an edible garnish for plates and desserts. Limequats can be made into or added to marmalades, jams and jelly and are a great substitute for recipes calling for lemons or limes. Cooked into syrups or candied whole they bring a unique citrus flavor to specialty cocktails. Limequats can be pickled or preserved to add a flavorful salty citrus flavor to fish and chicken dishes.
The Eustis and Lakeland varieties of limequats were first developed by W. T. Swingle of the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Florida in 1909 and introduced in 1913. Limequats have little commercial exposure and are limited to garden production and small grove production. They are most often found at farmers markets and commonly used as decorative house plants.
Recipes that include Limequats. One is easiest, three is harder.
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PCC Natural Markets
PCC Natural Markets - FremontNear Seattle, Washington, United States
600 N 34th St, Seattle 98103
About 318 days ago, 12/13/15
Spotter's comments : Limequats spotted at PCC Natural Markets. Organic Limequat - a cross between a kumquat and a lime. Eat'em whole ;)
Specialty Produce Near San Diego, California, United States
About 340 days ago, 11/21/15
Spotter's comments : Limequats spotted at Specialty Produce.
Santa Monica Farmers Market
Friend's RanchesNear Santa Monica, California, United States
15150 Maricopa Hwy, Ojai
About 638 days ago, 1/28/15
Spotter's comments : Limequats spotted at Santa Monica Farmers Market.