Yesterday around sunset, I took a break from unpacking and walked around my “garden”. It isn’t a garden yet. It is a huge grass/weed area with sporadic unknown trees and bushes. The only thing redeeming is the beautiful volcanic rock retaining wall with multi-colored bougainvilla. I continue to identify various plants and planning to remove/move others! We have a mango tree, a banana tree and what I think may be a grapefruit (hoping it’s not a pummelo).
I have one “citrus” bush that had one small fruit it. The leaves smelled like lime and the so did the fruit. The fruit was starting to turn orange so I tried to pick it. This is how I would test my limes in San Jose; if a good tug took them off the bush, they were ready to pick; if not, it’s best to leave them. I tugged and the 1 inch round fruit came off easily. I rubbed the skin and it smelled like tangerines. I brought it upstairs and cut it open. It was bright orange with big green seeds. I tasted it; very tart but with a sweet aftertaste.
I had Peter look at the fruit. He tasted it and his eyes lit up. He said that he had this all the time in Philippines. He couldn’t remember the name so we googled it and he remembered that it’s a Kalamansi (aka Calamondin, musk lime and million other names). The fruit is highly prized in the Philippines but is used in many Asian foods.
One more plant identified. It only had one fruit but is blooming. It needs a little more TLC as it is aphid invasion. But that is true of most things in my garden. Hopefully it will continue to be a gem!