Calamondin Orange tree

This tree, in the Mediterranean Room, is a hybrid between species in the citrus family (tangerine and kumquat).

The Calamondin bears a small citrus fruit and while the taste of the fruit is quite sour it is used in beverages such as tea, soft drinks, water, and cocktails. It can be used whenever any other sour citrus would be used and it is often made into a marmalade.

Medicinal uses are varied and include eliminating the itching and irritation from insect bites, bleaching freckles, helping clear up acne, and serving as a laxative when its juices are slightly diluted and heated. Combined with pepper it is used to expel phlegm, and it can be used as a shampoo and hair conditioner as well as a body deodorant. Quite the versatile plant!