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Tuesday, 6 June 2017

A What Tree?

I picked this up from Tesco's clearance trolley, reduced to £1.60 from £4...........A Calamondin tree


Lovely picture of oranges on the pack............."A dwarf tree, with dark glossy green foliage, with fabulous orange scented blossoms, that become small orange citrus fruits".

Well, never heard of it before so it came home with me.

Looked it up........... "Calamondin are the easiest to care for of all the citrus trees". Well that's good news! I like oranges.

Then I put my glasses on and read that small print " CAUTION: Fruits are for decoration only.
Oh Bother!

Many Thanks for all the comments about cucumbers yesterday


Back Soon
Sue


16 comments:

  1. That's a shame. But it will look pretty and smell good. X

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  2. Oh dear, well, it will just have to be decorative hopefully.

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  3. Well it didn't exactly break the bank and it sounds pretty.

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  4. Hi...just popped in to have a look around but ending up commenting about your Calamondin tree. That is a fruit tree that is popular here in Hawaii. It is sweet lime from the Philippines and we certainly use the fruit for making lemonade or adding to ice tea etc. They are just little fruit so do look pretty, but I am sure if you a do a google search it you will find lots of info. I have a tree in my back yard and I have been thinking about trying them out in marmalade. Aloha

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  5. According to Wikipedia, Calamondin fruit is edible :)

    Siebrie

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  6. I do very little growing for decoration. Most of plants have to pay their way in my garden by feeding us. Its so disappointing when you read small print and you end up with something that's not what you thought!

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  7. Still, they'll look pretty in a non fruit bowl Sue.

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  8. Oh no! At least they will smell nice.

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  9. I had one in a pot for 29 years, and it was called the same thing at a florist's; made marmalade from it for years. It went outside to the yard in the summer when we lived in New Jersey, and in for the winter with our brightest light window (which wasn't sunny). A beautiful busy plant, never taller than 3 ft. Best of luck with it! Laura

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  10. Oh what a shame you can't eat them, but I'm sure they'll look lovely xx

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  11. It will still give you lots of pleasure with its flowers and scent. I loved the smell of orange blossoms when we were in Spain.

    God bless.

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  12. I've been getting a few bargains from Tesco in the 'half dead plant reduction section'. And everything I bought came back to life wonderfully with a drink of water and some fresh air.

    So after all these comments the big question is ARE you going to try eating your little fruits?

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  13. I have a calamondin tree in my backyard. The fruits look like miniature oranges, about an inch in diameter. They are edible but rather sour.

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  14. a cross with the kumquat - which is delicious! - but you have to eat it whole, peel and all. Bite in and the juice is sour, but the peel is sweet and delicious.

    If you don't like sour, try something marmelade. Or process the dried peel for flavouring? Something different for your next Christmas hamper.

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  15. http://fruitguys.com/almanac/2012/01/19/about-mandarinquats

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