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Hyuganatsu (Citrus tamurana, Japanese: 日向夏) is a citrus fruit and plant grown exclusively in Japan, and not commercially available elsewhere.[citation needed] The name comes from Hyūga, the ancient name of Miyazaki Prefecture, Kyūshū, where the citrus is said to have originated, while “natsu” (夏?) means summer. Hyūganatsu grown outside of Kyūshū are sometimes shipped under different names such as Konatsu (小夏?), Tosakonatsu (土佐小夏?), or New Summer Orange (ニューサマーオレンジ?).

A hyūganatsu sap is said to have suddenly been found in a Miyazaki city garden sometimes in the 1820s, after which it became widely cultivated throughout the region. It is thought to be either a mutated yuzu or perhaps more likely, a chance hybrid between yuzu and pomelo.[1]

The fruit is of medium size and its shape is round to slightly oblong. When ripe, it turns a light yellow. Its flesh is juicy and sweet with a slightly sour taste.[1] It is usually eaten cut up, sprinkled with sugar and with most of its rather thick pith intact.

The fruit’s oil is higher than other citrus fruits in trans-β-farnesene, l-carvone, and has a higher number of ketones.[2]

Written on June 11th, 2012 , Fruits Tags:

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