Tahiti: trees are upright, medium sized, and nearly thornless. Fruit resembles a small lemon but less cold hardy and with a very thin rind. Flesh is seedless and pale green in colour. Main crop matures autumn-spring and usually harvested with silver/light green rind colour.
West Indian: tree bushy, less vigorous with many small thorns, frost susceptible. A true lime, fruit is smaller, rounder with very thin rinds, green flesh, seedy. Flavour very acidic-strong lime aroma. Main crop matures summer-ongoing; with dark green-yellow rinds.
Sweet (acidless): fruit round, medium-sized, smooth, thin orange-yellow rind. Single crop maturing winter, with good juice content, few seeds but an insipid taste due to low acidity.
Kaffir (NEW): small tree with shrub like growth and many thin branches. Frost susceptible. Fruit has a thick rough rind, lacks juice, very seedy and acidic-little value-maturing in winter. Distinctive shaped fresh or dried leaves widely used to flavour-garnish Asian style cooking.
Finger lime (NEW): a unique Australian rainforest, small evergreen tree. Fruit are ‘finger shaped’ and sized, ripening in autumn. Skin from purple-green and the mature pulp is green-pink. Flavour similar to West Indian lime and can be used to complement seafood or Asian, sweets or savoury dishes. (Protected by PBR).
Green & Variegated: trees have moderate vigour and highly productive, making them ideal for ornamentals and tub growing. Fruit medium sized, with thin, loose, bright orange rind, few seeds and acidic. Used to garnish food (like lemons-lime), marmalade, in liqueurs or candied. The variegated variety is the same except with variegated leaf colouring and immature fruit.
Nagami (oval) & Meiwa (round): are small bushy trees cold hardy, and ideal for ornamental and container growing. Blossom late (November) and deep orange fruit with few seeds, matures over a long period. The juice is acidic, but the spicy outer rind and sweeter albedo gives a pleasant flavour if eaten whole, candied, or in marmalade.
Buddha’s Hand citron: unusual and interesting as the fruit is split down its length into a number of ‘finger-like’ sections, resembling a human hand. It lacks flesh, juice or seed development. Uses include ornaments in religious ceremonies, perfuming rooms and clothing.
Bergamot: a distinctive characteristic of both fruit and foliage is the strongly pungent and agreeable perfume and unique aromatic oil (essence). This essence is used in a vast range of perfume and pharmaceutical products.
Pummelo: the largest of the citrus fruit, with yellow-green and thick rind. Lack the bitter flavour and have similar uses to grapefruit-breakfast fruit or juice.
Seville (sour/bitter) orange: this variety maturing in late winter, has a very bitter-acidic flavour and used extensively for marmalade.
Chinotto: is a sour orange, with small, rough rind, bright orange-red fruits maturing in winter. Mainly used as an ornamental shrub/patio tree, and the fruit can be used for marmalade.
Rangpur: an attractive mandarin-lime variety, with bright orange coloured fruit which is acidic and suitable only for drinks. Tree is a prolific winter bearer and cold hardy.