Sunday, April 4, 2010

Today's Flowers #87: Citrus Maxima 柚

Citrus Maxima 柚子is a plant very special for the Southeast Asia. The only counterpart that is similar to it in the Western world is grapefruit. However, Citrus Maxima has a special fragrance coming out from the oil of the skin of the fruit. The smell and taste are completely different from those of grapefruit.

We saw from the newspaper last week that it is the Citrus Maxima flowering season now and they can be viewed in a local fruit farm called "Doris Farm". It also serves very good lunch. Grace and I made it there last Sunday. It was about one hour from our home.

We have seen peach, plum, cherry blossoms before but never for Citrus maxima. The flower is very fragrant and the whole farm is filled with that fragrance. The flower comes out as a cluster of over 10 flower buds. By natural selection, most of them will fall off, with one left for forming the fruit.

Doris Farm is half way up to a small mountain overlooking Taipei Harbor. It has flowering beds, mountain walk and of course hundreds of citrus maxima trees. I brought two lenses with me AF DC-Nikkor 135mm f/2D and AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED. I had some very nice close-up shots of the blossoms and some portraits of Grace, and indeed we had a very good lunch in the countryside.

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10 comments:

Carolyn Ford said...

I can smell that wonderful citrus scent! Nice captures of something so small...great job!

Kathy said...

Citrus blossoms are so wonderful. The orange trees are blossoming here now in Arizona.

Johnny Nutcase said...

it's a beautiful bloom, good info too!

Evelyn Howard said...

Wow, what a nice plant. Different!

eden said...

Beautiful citrus flowers. Thanks for sharing the information.

Regina said...

Amazing blooms.
Beautiful captures.

kRiZ cPEc said...

thanks for the background

Jama said...

The flowers look quiet similar to the Pamelo, my neighbour has 2 pot in front of the apartment.

shu said...

Love the fruits, but never saw the trees, let alone the flowers - what a great place to visit.

Johnny Nutcase said...

i bet the smell is wonderful! Cute little flower, great shots and info.

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