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The Florentine citron – citron hybrid of Florence (Italian: cedrato di Firenze) – is a very fragrant citrus fruit, which is named after its most known origin of cultivation. Its scientific name is Citrus ×limonimedica 'Florentina' Lush.
|Species||C. × limonimedica Lush.|
Source and geneticsEdit
The source of this variety or hybrid is from the Italian Renaissance gardens. Today it is considered to be a lemon × citron hybrid.
It's well known to be one parent of the Bizzaria chimaera.
History and usesEdit
It was first carefully described by Johann Christoph Volkamer in his Nürnbergische Hesperides, who gave a detailed account for original citrus types, mutations and hybrids, along with professional illustrations. He has many illustrations from the Florentine citron, as growing for itself, or on the Bizzaria tree. Those illustration are resembling its look of today, with a precise accuracy.
He also writes that it has a very pleasant fragrance, similar to variety etrog.
- Rabbi Daniel Tirni of Fiorenza, Ikrei haDath chapter 33.