Plant ID forum: Mystery Fruit. Help ID it please.

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California, San Joaquin valley (Zone 9b)
RenaeC
Jan 22, 2017 12:38 AM CST
I had placed this post in the tree and shrubs section, but no one responded. I have no idea what kind of fruit this tree in my yard has. It smells like an orange and is round like one, but tastes nothing like an orange. It is really bitter and yellow. I know it's not a grapefruit tree because it doesn't have the ruby insides of a grapefruit which has me thinking it may be a citron tree. The tree bares fruit all year around. Could you help me identify it? Thanks.

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DaisyI
Jan 22, 2017 1:15 AM CST
Grapefruit also come in yellow
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California, San Joaquin valley (Zone 9b)
RenaeC
Jan 22, 2017 2:03 AM CST
It doesn't taste like grapefruit though. I'm unsure what it is so we just leave them alone. I just wanted to know what it was cause even the lady who lived here before us didn't know. I will try asking the local farmers in my area as well. But, thanks for the response!
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Silversurfer
Jan 22, 2017 3:48 AM CST
In the shops here we can buy Ruby red grapefruit.

http://lincolnfruit.com/wp-con...

Also the paler pink grapefruit.

https://upload.wikimedia.org/w...

The red and pink are much sweeter than the ordinary white fresh grapefruit.
The white flesh ones can be really tart and extremely sour.

http://www.jennifermclagan.com...

Are you sure it is not just the white fleshed one that you are not used to eating.

To my knowledge oranges are always orange coloured or blood red inside and taste of oranges.

Try cutting one in half and adding a pic to this thread.



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California, San Joaquin valley (Zone 9b)
RenaeC
Jan 22, 2017 5:42 AM CST
I've tasted the fruit from this tree once when I first found it and I just spit it out and never bothered with them again. I'm used to seeing the giant melon sized grapefruits with the sweet ruby pulp since I had one of those trees in my backyard growing up, but is there a difference in taste between the white and red ones? I will go tomorrow morning out there to grab one down when the sun is up and post a picture then. The smell of it just throws me off because it smells so sweet like an orange, but tastes nothing like it and I've never seen that tree not have fruit on it. I haven't even seed any flowers bloom from it. It's just weird.
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Name: Scott
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ScotTi
Jan 22, 2017 6:22 AM CST
Another possibility is a Pummelo tree. Pummelo has a milder but similar taste of grapefruit.
California, San Joaquin valley (Zone 9b)
RenaeC
Jan 22, 2017 6:36 AM CST
I saw some videos on YouTube just now of some Pomelo trees and it actually looks a lot like it. So if it's not a grapefruit, I think it seriously could just be a Pomelo tree. Thanks for the input!
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ScotTi
Jan 22, 2017 7:03 AM CST
Found some old photos of the Pummelo fruit on the tree. I no longer have any Citrus as Citrus greening has wiped all my Citrus trees out.
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California, San Joaquin valley (Zone 9b)
RenaeC
Jan 22, 2017 7:21 AM CST
When the sun is out later on today I will go out there and try to get one down so I can take pictures of it while it's being cut. Thank you for the pics and further information Smiling It is 5:20 am so I should sleep now. I will post later today with an update!
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porkpal
Jan 22, 2017 9:04 AM CST
If it is a pomelo, it is probably not ripe. They grow to near volley ball size at maturity. When ripe they taste like a very mild, not bitter grapefruit.
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tantefrancine
Jan 22, 2017 10:00 AM CST
Here is the description of the pomelo fruit. Is yours the same? I just read it and apparently the fruit is not bitter but the membranes are. Please copy and paste the URL. Hope it helps.

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plantladylin
Jan 22, 2017 10:53 AM CST
Probably a variety of sour Orange:
http://citruspages.free.fr/sou...
https://www.hort.purdue.edu/ne...
https://sites.google.com/site/...
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
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California, San Joaquin valley (Zone 9b)
RenaeC
Jan 22, 2017 4:30 PM CST
It's definitely an unripened Pomelo and not a grapefruit. It's really muddy where the tree is located, so I could only grab one hanging low. The bigger ones are too high in the tree for me to reach. Again it smelled of oranges when I was cutting it and tasted of an off lemon I guess would be the right description for how it tasted. The peel is really thick and was a bit hard to cut and there was only a little bit of the fruit inside itself. I compared it to a tangerine I had on the table since we don't have any oranges or other citrus fruits at the moment.

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Thank you everyone for helping me figure it out and giving me such helpful information! :)
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