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Barth Fruit customers can choose from a broad range of exotic fruit types from tropical and subtropical regions.

Citrofortunella microcarpa Bunge

The Calamondin orange (citrofortunella microcarpa) is a naturally occurring hybrid of the citrus reticulata (a type of mandarin orange) and the fortunella margarita kumquat (oval kumquat), which is presumed to have originated in China

Today, the Calamondin orange is cultivated particularly in the Philippines, where it is also known as the calamansi. It is also frequently cultivated in other regions of East Asia and in the Caribbean. The tree grows to from 2 to 8 m high. The leaves are oval and their underside is much brighter than their dark green upper side.

The Calamondin orange bears fruit after 4 years. When ripe, it is green to greenish yellow. This fruit is rich in phosphorous, calcium, iron and vitamin C. It is the size of a tennis ball, and has a very sour taste. For this reason, the juice is diluted with water and sweetened with sugar and drunk hot or cold as a preventative remedy or as a medicine for throat and respiratory illnesses.

Cultivating the plant poses no problems. Only water logging is to be avoided. In order to improve the yield, the plant should be fertilised with ammonium sulphate or urea. Trees should be planted no less than 5 m apart. The plant is propagated by means of crown cuttings.

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