5 Citrus Fruits to Grow in a Greenhouse

lime hanging from branch - 5 citrus fruits to grow in a greenhouse

Are you in the mood for a little citrus growing? If you have the privilege of owning a greenhouse on your property, you can easily do just that. There are plenty of citrus fruits that you can quickly grow in greenhouses, even in very cold climates. Here are 5 of the very best examples of citrus fruits that you can easily grow in your very own greenhouse.

1. Amanatsu

The Amanatsu is one of the rarest and most interesting members of the citrus family. They are so unique and marvelous that experts can’t even agree as to their exact origins. It’s well known that they hail from the nation of Japan. Most scientists, but not all, believe they are a hybrid of pomelo and sour orange.

What millions of people can all agree on is that Amanatsus have a unique and very refreshing flavor. Their pulp and juice are used in all kinds of sweet dishes. They are especially prized in ice cream. The Amanatsu has also proven to be a popular member of the citrus family to grow in private greenhouses around the world.

Keep in mind that the Amanatsu can be very sour when first grown. This is the main reason that they are generally stored for a while to ripen after being harvested. If your first taste of an Amanatsu is more sour than sweet, don’t panic. Give it a little time to reveal its sweet side. This is one citrus harvest that is worth waiting for.

2. Meyer Lemons

If you really want to go for something rare and delicious, why not try raising some Meyer lemons in your greenhouse? This is another rare member of the citrus family. Meyer lemons are a three way cross between a lemon, a pomelo, and a tangerine. As a result, they have a unique flavor that is more sweet than sour; tangy yet still tasty.

At first glance, you may not even be able to tell a Meyer lemon from the run of the mill lemon that you can easily get at a grocery store. The difference is that Meyers tend to be a tiny bit smaller. They are also a good deal less tart than the more common lemons we tend to be used to. The flavor they yield is quite sweet and mild, making them ideal for desserts.

3. Kumquat

kumquats on branch - 5 citrus fruits to grow in a greenhouse

Why not try raising some delicious kumquats in your greenhouse? These tangy treasures are a much loved member of the orange family. Because they are so rarely in season, they are hard to find in the Western world. But if you have a controlled area to grow them in, you can have them on your plate in short order.

The kumquat is one of the few members of the citrus genus that doesn’t have to be peeled before you eat it. Its skin is thin, delicate and quite tasty. You can devour it along with the rest of this delicious and nutritious fruit. For sheer delight, the kumquat is one of the most desired and hotly sought after members of the citrus group.

4. Ugli Fruit

The Ugli fruit, or Jamaican Tangelo, is packed with flavor that’s surprisingly delicious. You may not know it when you look at it, though. They seem to be the hybrid spawn of a half orange and half tangerine tree somehow mating with a grapefruit tree.

But this is not the end of the story. The Ugli fruit is very little known in the United States. Part of the reason is because it’s, well, ugly. You’d never suspect they were worth tasting. But it turns out that taking a chance will yield rewards. The Ugli has a tangy sweet grapefruit taste that is worth taking the time to get to know.

5. Rangpur Lime

Are you a big fan of cocktail drinks? If so, chances are good that you have tasted a Rangpur lime without even being aware of it. These members of the lime family hail from Rangpur in India. Unlike your standard green lime, the Rangpur is bright orange. But the exciting twists don’t end here.

You should also note that the Rangpur lime, despite being a close relation, does not taste anything like the limes you know. Instead of being sharp, acidic and tangy, it has more of a smoky, musky flavor. Add in a bare hint of sweetness and you have the perfect ingredient to top off a wide variety of the world’s most popular cocktails.

Time to Grow Greenhouse Citrus

More and more people are taking up the banner of home cultivation. The fruits that grace your table will taste even sweeter when you have had the satisfaction of growing them yourself. You can also enjoy the comfort that comes from knowing that the fruit you cultivate doesn’t come with the large carbon footprint that citrus often does in European and North American supermarkets. The time to grow your own citrus is now.

Feature image: Tim Cooper; Image 1: Hans Braxmeier

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