Monday, September 18, 2006

LIMAU LANGKAT (Citrus Reticulata)

Tropical Fruits

LIMAU LANGKAT (Citrus Reticulata)

The limau langkat is classified under the mandarin orange group and is one of the more popular citrus species cultivated in the lowlands. The size of the fruit is between 5 – 10 cm in diameter and its shape is slightly round. There are, however, many variations in fruit type, with quite noticeable difference in fruit type, thickness of rind and sweetness. These variations are due to the influence of climate and soil. The quality of the fruit is usually better if grown in the highland area. The tree is grown at a distance of 6 meters x 6 meters giving 270 trees/hectare. The trees are usually are usually propagated by marcotting. The fruit matures 7 – 8 months after flowering planting. The fruit is ripe when the skin changes color from green to yellowish green. There are usually two fruiting seasons per year, i.e. July/August and October/November. The yield is around 20 – 25 tonnes/hectare and its profitable life is 10 years.

How to Eat

Peel the skin and eat the flesh. It can be taken in the form of juice by cutting the citrus horizontally into two pieces and squeezing the fruit to get the juice. The juice is best served chilled.

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