Citrofortunella mitis, commonly known as Calamondin, is a small tree, reaching a height between 10-20 ft when fully grown. It is a beautiful tree with full sun requirements and regular water needs, with white and off-white flowers appearing in spring and summer. The Calamondin tree is best grown in USDA Zone 9-11 and is known to be quite hardy.
The tree produces edible fruits, roughly the size of a small orange. The acidic properties of the fruit make it perfect for use in a range of culinary dishes, from salads to pickles to sauces. Those who try this fruit will notice a tart flavor similar to lemon and lime yet distinctly unique. The juice is also prized for being a great alternative in citrus-based drinks like smoothies, juices, and cocktails.
The Calamondin fruit is known for its numerous health benefits. Rich in Vitamin C and other important antioxidants, eating them helps to nourish and protect from free radicals, among other benefits. Eating these fruits also encourages healthy cell growth, supports immune health, and lowers the risk of some diseases.
The Calamondin tree prefers warm and humid climates. In cold areas, you can still grow it in a pot. They require regular watering and plenty of sunlight, and can produce up to 100 fruits in a single season.