The first year we moved to our farm, I picked up two varieties of citron. They were named red citron and green citron. I sowed them willy nilly in my sun trap garden and out jumped lovely lush watermelon vines. One variety had huge fruit with mottled skin, the other had smaller fruit with striped skin.
I harvested them and stored with the squash. They sat on the shelf. Citron are grown for their thick rind which is used in preserves or desserts. I read some recipes. They sat on the shelf. I gave some away. They sat on the shelf. The next spring, they had changed to a mellow yellow but no, I had not yet used any. Finally the following winter (yes), I cut up one and made lemon preserves which were amazing. Why hadn't I done this earlier? I loved these things! Only I had given away all my giant ones. I sowed the seeds of my little ones and got some more citrons. Again, the preserves were great. But I missed the giant one. A seed search showed me that I had shut that door of opportunity - no one seemed to carry it. So if you are out there with a handful of giant citron seeds that need a new home, I have reformed. I want to grow them and eat them and sow them. Thank you.
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