Acronychia acidula is a small to medium-sized rainforest tree with lemon-flavoured berries popular in bush foods.
It’s halfway between a grapefruit and lime in flavour and is great in drinks, sauces and sweets.

It’s a pale lemon-coloured fruit about 2cm wide, with a tough core similar to an apple.

Eating

It’s a lovely tropical citrus flavour – kind of like a spicy tropical lemon.
It’s quite concentrated in flavour compared to regular lemons.
The fruit can be eaten fresh, or used to make syrups, liqueurs, mayonnaise, dressings, marinades, jams, jellies and desserts.
The fruit should be refrigerated quickly, and will last 2 weeks in the fridge and up to 2 years in the freezer

Growing

Grows naturally in a tropical climate and mountain rainforest.
Tolerates mild frost when mature.
Can grow to 15 metres, likes sunlight, and should be pruned in the first year to provide a shrubby shape.
Fruit grows in heavy bunches from long green stems, appearing from mid-summer to autumn.

Recipes

Lemon myrtle and lemon aspen mayonnaise – https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2015/dec/21/indigenous-christmas-mark-olives-recipe-for-a-traditional-australian-feast

Credits

Daleys – https://www.daleysfruit.com.au/Lemon-Aspen-Acronychia-acidula.htm



Appearance

Type: Tree
Height: Tall
Leaf Size: Large
Foliage: Evergreen
Permanence:

Functions

Bush Tucker: Yes
Edible Flower:
Uses: Fruit, Citrus, Jam
Fire Retardant:
Interest: High

Growing

Climate Zone: Subtropical
Planting Season: Spring
Harvesting Season: Summer
Sun/Shade: Full Sun
Soil: Moist
Frost Tolerant: A Little
Time to Maturity: 3-4yrs
Watering Preference: Moderate