Lemonade fruit

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Lemonade fruit
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Hybrid parentageCitrus limon × Citrus reticulata
CultivarCitrus limon x reticulata
OriginNew Zealand

Lemonade fruit (Citrus limon x reticulata), otherwise known as Lemonade lemon, New Zealand lemonade or Unlemon[1] is a variety of sweet lemon citrus fruit, believed to be a hybrid between a mandarin orange and a lemon.

It was first discovered in New Zealand in the 1980’s as a chance seedling,[1] and is grown principally in the warmer parts of the country. The lemonade fruit is grown widely in Australia. It is also cultivated in the Central Valley of California and Florida in the United States.[1]


The fruit resembles that of a lemon, but round instead of ellipsoidal, ranging between 7 and 10 cm in diameter. The smooth rind is yellow when ripe and can be peeled by hand.[2] The flesh resembles the lemon in taste, but sweeter with some acidity, containing 9 to 11 segments with few to no seeds.


  1. ^ a b c "Lemonade Fruit". specialtyproduce.com. Retrieved 17 January 2017.
  2. ^ "Lemonade Lemon Hybrid/lemonade.html". University of California. Retrieved 9 July 2018.