Our limequats have been producing prolifically, it's now harvest time! Limequats are a cross between a key lime and a kumquat. More cold hardy than a key lime, have edible peel, and the great clean refreshing taste and aroma of a lime as well as considerable amounts of vitamin C, folic acid, and other nutritious elements. The limequat plant is highly ornamental, grows great in containers, can be outdoors most of the year and indoors in winter.
Overall the limequat fruit tastes like a 'spicy' key lime. Since we get so many at a time we tend to juice them using our slow juicer, then freeze the juice in ice cube trays so we can use the frozen cubes any time to make great "limequat-onade" (like lemonade but tastier!) or use in cooking when we want a spicier lime flavour. Fabulous!
There is no need to peel the limequats when juicing them, just pop them in whole in a slow juicer. Super simple. We happen to use a Panasonic model MJL500S slow juicer from costco, but pretty much any juicer that is not steam based should work on limequats. They do not have the bitter taste in the peel that other limes can have, so juicing them with the peel still on is not a problem.
Steam juicers should not generally be used on citrus as it can alter the taste and lose many of the aromas that make citrus fruit so wonderful. For non-citrus fruit we use a steam-based mehu-liisa juicer that works very well for most other fruit.
While we have sold out of our lovely limequat plants for sale this year, we hope to have some available in early spring next year (we have already made them, but we ensure they are established and strong before selling them). If you are interested in purchasing a limequat check the citrus for sale page here in the February-March time frame.