Bahman Persian #1 sweet lime
Citrus limettioides Tan.
Photos by David Karp, CVC, 3/3 /2008. Photo rights.
Source: Seeds collected in Desful, Khuzestan, Iran, by donor, Dr. Bahman Ehdaie (UCR), 1995.
Parentage/origins: Donor stated that the tree from which the seeds were collected represented a typical type of Iranian sweet lemon.
Rootstocks of accession: Carrizo citrange, C-35 citrange
Season of ripeness at Riverside: Unknown at this time.
Notes and observations:
08/2007, RRK: This accession was received as seed collected by the donor during a trip to Iran. He stated that the tree from which the seeds were collected represented a typical type of Iranian sweet lemon that was not represented in the collection at that time. He described it as being an early variety of sweet lemon (harvested in August) and sweeter than the accession of 'Iran' lemon existing at that time (PI 539295/RCRC 3162). The fruit was described as being medium-sized (smaller than the Iraqi lemon), with yellow-green skin, a medium-thick rind, no nipple, and white-fleshed. Based upon ISSR, a nucellar seedling was selected. Trees were propagated from this seedling and planted in the field for observation. The fruit matched the description and it was decided to officially accession this variety.
3/3/2008, DK & TS: This is definitely a sweet lime, not a true sweet lemon. Note that what we call a "sweet lime" is in Farsi, the Persian language, literally called "sweet lemon." It looks like Mary Ellen. Fruit is small-medium, oblate to round, with a slight nipple at the bottom; thin, smooth medium yellow rind; juicy flesh, with low or no acid, with few seeds; tastes like Palestine and other standard sweet limes. There is an older, larger tree in the "pre-CVC", and the fruits are larger, with a more evident nipple. Still, they look and taste nothing like a botanical sweet lemon.
Availability: Not commercially available in California.
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