Shequasar, Hirami lemon – Citrus depressa

Shequasar, Citrus depressa, also known as Hirami lemon is a small, fruit bearing citrus tree, with an average height of 5 meters. It is native to Taiwan and Okinawa, Japan. It is occasionally translated into English as kalamansî but strictly speaking, this is a different fruit tree. However, its appearance is similar to that of Calamondin, a citrofortunella. This is a popular fruit in Japan, mostly cultivated in the northern areas of Okinawa.

Citrus depressa is a bushy evergreen tree with dark green leaves, characterized by wing-like appendages on the stalks. The flowers are white and about 3cm in diameter, usually born in April followed by fruit.

Shequasar Fruit

The Shequasar fruit is about 3-4cm in diameter and its taste vary with the season it is harvested; usually, from July to September. Fruit tends to be acidic (very low sugar content) and is often used to add flavour to fish dishes, pickled dishes (sunomono) or used like lemon or lime to garnish dishes. Any fruit harvested after October display sweetness in addition to its sourness and is frequently used for making a fresh yellow juice, which can be thinned and sweetened, as part of deserts, but is also used to make citrus jam. The fruit It is rich in flavonoids.

Unripe, the skin of the fruit is a dark green, which becomes yellow through ripening. It has been used as raw material for beverage and food additive productions in Japan. The skin has a unique aroma composition.

Shequasar Propagation Methods

Plant propagation is by cultivars grown as rootstock. Citrus depressa is a member of the family Rutaceae the Genus Citrus

Shequasar, Citrus depressa

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    While the planting location of a tree is highly important for a successful production of fruit and nuts, when selecting a fruit tree or a nut tree from your local nursery, some additional factors you should consider are:

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