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Calamondin Orange

xCitrofortunella mitis

Family: Rutaceae | Place of Origin: South East Asia: Philippines, Southern China, Borneo, and Sumatra

Origins and history:   
xCitrofortunella is a hybrid between the kumquat and a citrus fruit, most likely a mandarin orange. Theorized to have originated in the Philippines the fruit has spread and is considered native in much of Southeast Asia.

Identification characteristics  

Uses and preparation

The orange has a large variety of uses making the preparation Rather diverse. One of the main uses is that of an acid. Like limes or lemons, the hybrid fruit can be used as a substitute, this means it can be a tenderizer or a sour note. The fruit can also be made into sweet or even lemonade. If one can use a lemon or lime, then it’s a perfect substitute. Additionally, the Calamondin orange is used in making a dipping sauce for Dim sum and is rather popular in Asia. So popular in fact that the Philippines itself exports 200,000 metric tons a year. Finally, the fruit can be eaten like its relative the mandarin orange if allowed to ripen.