Famiglia: Lumia – Citrus Lumia
Nome botanico in latino: C. lumia “Pomum Adami”
Disponibile mezzo fusto o cespuglio
Vaso di diametro 20 o 22 cm
€ 35,00 – € 100,00
According to Gallesio (1811) the Adam’s apple belongs to a group of hybrids called “Lumie”. He also stated that this plant might be an orange x citron hybrid, and that it has ancient origins. Marco Polo saw the Adam’s apple in Persia (modern Iran) in 1270 and the Arabs brought it to Palestine in the 12th century. The French historian Jacques de Vitry mentioned it in his Histoire de Jerusalem in the early 13th century, claiming to have seen it in Palestine where he went during the Crusades. It was later described by Agostino Del Riccio in 1595, Ferrari in 1646, Volkhamer in 1708, and other, more recent botanical writers.
The plant is average sized with rounded, spreading, assurgent habit and branches with few or no thorns. The large leaves are oval-lanceolate, sometimes with a dentate edge, and wingless or slightly winged petiole. The large, fragrant flowers are creamy white with purple hues, and growing singly for the most part, although they tend to appear in clusters at the top of the branches. The very large fruit varies in shape, from spherical to oval-oblong, with or without a prominent nipple, sometimes surrounded by a pronounced furrow. The rind is a paler lemon-yellow, smooth or lightly furrowed, thick and bitter. The flesh is sour, with an unpleasant flavour.
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