Variegated Chinotto Sour Orange (Citrus myrtifolia foliis variegatis) is a selection of a classic Chinotto, with variegated fruits and leaves.
It’s very rare and extremely particular.
We still don’t know its origin, it probably comes from northern Europe.
-Tree features: This is a very slow growing variety. Plants are usually very compact-spherical in shape, with short internodes and very small leaves.
-Leaves: Leaves are very small, pretty next to each other, and obviously variegated in colour. This is a very particular variegated “version” with different and unique colors.
-Shape: Fruit is a classic Chinotto in shape and size, sometimes maybe a little bit smaller.
-Flavour: Skin is very aromatic, and full of essential oils, juice is a little bit seedy, but juicy and extremely refreshing, also a little bit bitter.
-Colour: The fruit is variegated when it’s still not ripened, then it become deep-yellow-orange when it’s ready for harvesting.
SEASON OF RIPENESS
Season of ripeness: The Variegated Chinotto Sour Orange can be picked up from November to May according to the time of the flowering.
It usually starts to bloom during Spring, but, due to its 4 season tendency, it can produce flowers and fruits during all the seasons.
HOW TO USE IT
-In the Kitchen: Fruit can be used just like a classic Chinotto in the Kitchen. We can make delicious marmalades, candied peels, liquors, and also the classic “chinotto” drink, a traditional beverage from Liguria, Italy.
-Ornamental: This plant is very beautiful to look because of the coloured leaves and the compactness.
According to our tests, in the Greenhouse, or in a covered area, it can resist to a temperature of -7°C.
This variety needs to be maintained like a normal Lemon.