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NAME: Asian Lemon
SPECIES / FAMILY: Poncirus Trifoliata or Citrus Trifoliate / Rutaceae
OTHER COMMON NAME(S): Trifoliate orange, Japanese bitter-orange, hardy orange, or Chinese bitter orange.
CONDITIONS: sun/partial shade
COMMENT: Fruit - cooked. A bitter and acrid flavour, but it can be used to make a marmalade. The fruit is also used to make a refreshing drink. The freshly picked fruit yields little juice but if stored for 2 weeks it will yield about 20% juice. The fruit peel can be used as a flavouring. Young leaves - cooked.(1) The fruit, minus, seeds, was also made into a not-sweet marmalade. In China the bitter fruits were used as seasoning (dried and powdered) and young leaves are occasionally boiled and eaten. Fresh fruit allowed to sit for two weeks after picking yields about 20% juice which can be diluted and made into a drink. The flavor is a cross between lemon and grapefruit. A slice of it is good in a gin-and-tonic.
NUTRITION/MEDICINAL: High in Vitamin C. Antiemetic; Antispasmodic; Carminative; Deobstruent; Digestive; Diuretic; Expectorant; Laxative;
Odontalgic; Stimulant; Stomachic; Vasoconstrictor.(1) In Chinese medicine it has been used to treat typhoid, toothache, hemorrhoids, conjunctivitis, colds and itchy skin.(2)
OTHER USES: This tree is used as a root-stock for grafting other citrus fruits.(4) potpourri, used as a natural fence and have often been used to corral livestock. The thorns are sturdy enough to puncture a tire or use as a tooth pick. The wood is extremely is hard and dense, the bark striped with green, stems are triangular
SOURCE LINKS (may include nutritional and medicinal info, plus other uses):
- http://www.foragingtexas.com/2007/07/trifoliate-orangebitter-orangehardy.html (good photos)