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Citrus Fruits

Try to name the most important species of citrus.
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Last updated: December 14, 2019
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First submittedJanuary 30, 2013
Times taken39,473
Average score41.7%
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Scientific Name
Fruit
Main Part Eaten
Hint
Citrus aurantifolia
Key Lime
juice
popular in Florida; used in pies
Citrus maxima
Pomelo
flesh
the largest citrus
Citrus medica
Citron
rind
candied and then used in fruitcakes
Citrus reticulata
Mandarin Orange
flesh, juice
popular in China; often canned
Citrus × aurantium
Sour Orange
zest, essential oil
used in preserves and perfumes
Citrus × hystrix
Makrut Lime
leaves, rind
popular in Thailand; used in curry
Citrus × latifolia
(Persian) Lime
juice
green and sour
Citrus × limon
Lemon
juice, zest
yellow and sour
Citrus × limonia
Rangpur Lime
juice, zest
popular in Bengal; used in mixed drinks
Citrus × paradisi
Grapefruit
flesh, juice
bitter; eaten at breakfast
Citrus × sinensis
(Sweet) Orange
juice, flesh
the world's most popular fruit
Fortunella japonica
Kumquat
whole fruit
bite-sized; can cross with Citrus
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Level 61
Oct 19, 2012
Wow who know there were so many citrus fruits- obviously not me only got the 5 I've actually heard of!
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Level 57
Mar 16, 2013
hey me too. only got five and im proud of it. acutally i only like 2 of the 5 i got.
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Level 63
Mar 16, 2013
I got eight and was surprised tangerine wasn't on there. I thought Citron was only an Absolut flavor!
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Level 45
Mar 18, 2013
Citrus taxonomy is complicated. There are hundreds of varieties, all of which are able to interbreed with one another. I decided to accept "Tangerine" as a synonym of "Mandarin" rather than listing it separately.
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Level 67
Apr 12, 2019
What about "Citronella"
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Level 56
Jan 3, 2022
That's not related to citrus, even though it sounds like it
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Level 50
Mar 18, 2013
Do you accept bitter orange for sour one?
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Level 45
Mar 24, 2013
Yes. Also "marmalade orange", "Seville orange", and a few others. I'm a big believer in synonyms.
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Level 53
Jun 4, 2017
I knew that orange as Bergamot orange, but it wasn't accepted.
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Level 25
Mar 18, 2013
It took me a minute to get citron (I couldn't remember the English name). Got nine including that one though, and the rest i've never heard of.
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Level 14
Mar 24, 2013
Watching all those cooking shows pays off...
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Level 37
Apr 27, 2013
i feel stupid. i only got four.:(
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Level 26
May 16, 2013
No satsuma :(
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Level 45
May 16, 2013
With hundreds of citrus fruits to choose from, I kind of had to rely on Wikipedia's list of which ones were most noteworthy.
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Level 74
Oct 16, 2013
I put 'kaffir lime' and 'Makrut Lime' came up. I'm happy to have discovered another word for it; I've always been uncomfortable with the word 'kaffir' because of its association with discrimination under apartheid.
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Level 58
Mar 5, 2014
Ugh, should have gotten rangpur because Tanqueray Rangpur is one of my most favorite spirits in the world.
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Level 68
Apr 17, 2014
Uh. I'd heard of bitter orange and key lime before, but I never thought they were actually different varieties. As for citron, didn't even think of it; that's the French word for "lemon" and I didn't know it meant something in English. What do you know!
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Level 45
Apr 18, 2014
I'm kind of surprised that so few people are getting citron. Am I the only person here who likes fruitcake?
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Level 48
Apr 20, 2014
You're the only person anywhere who likes fruitcake.
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Level 75
May 12, 2014
I love fruitcake, especially with a cup of coffee on Christmas. In fact, I would like to start a fruitcake recycling project. Send me all your unwanted fruitcakes and I'll see that they find happy homes. (Unless you prefer to regift them yourself year after year.)
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Level 83
Oct 16, 2015
Most people I know just put mixed peel in fruitcake. I don't know how many people actually know what was peeled.
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Level 51
Dec 25, 2016
I love fruitcake! My partner made one last week. The heavier the better as it usually indicates more fruit in it. Got to be moist also. I think most of the bad rap comes from dry, low density fruit cakes.
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Level 75
Feb 28, 2018
I've only had candied marmalade orange rind in fruitcake. I knew all but one of these after rooting through some very old, cobwebby culinary school knowledge.
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Level 84
Jun 24, 2015
Perhaps one of the few who will admit to it! They get a bad name (in the US at least) because for every good rendition of fruitcake, there are literally dozens that are truly awful.
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Level 71
Jun 3, 2017
I would have thought American women were better cooks, most UK women can make a good fruit cake for Christmas. (with rum etc..... yummy)
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Level 88
Jul 8, 2021
Most Americans buy pre-packaged food. And are too lazy to cook or even set portions for kids' snacks. They just buy a dozen little packages. As someone from the UK, just remember the Stig's American cousin. That's the clue.
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Level 48
Apr 20, 2014
What about buddha hands?
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Level 45
Apr 20, 2014
They're a variety of citron. I suppose I can accept it as a synonym.
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Level 77
May 17, 2014
I got 9 and am surprised as I never knew there was so many different lemons and limes. I guess when lime didn't show up for Thailand I had to put in Kaffir and same for lemon and Florida, remembered it being called Key Lemon pie. Still missed citron (I think it's called something else completely in my language, something akin to pomeranian? or then that's something else?), sour orange and Rangpur lime. Live and learn :)
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Level 75
Sep 26, 2017
It's usually called Key Lime pie - Key limes are very small limes, about an inch or two across, but they turn yellow when ripe.
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Level 49
Nov 5, 2014
Thanks for using makrut lime. I was really happy to see the preferred terminology here.
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Level 75
Feb 13, 2015
Got 'em all except Rangpur lime.
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Level 39
Apr 25, 2015
In my part of the world tangelos are more popular than most on this list.
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Level 71
Jun 24, 2015
Are ugli fruits a citrus fruit?
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Level 84
Jun 24, 2015
Grapefruit isn't bitter; it's sour.
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Level 76
May 28, 2020
It's both.
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Level 44
Jun 24, 2015
i am 7 and i hav just done my first time on this quiz and i have got five right lime grapefruit orange lemon and mandarin right and to was fun and easy for the ones i know and i didm't know what a key lime a pomelo a citron a sour orange a makrut rangpur lime kumquat is you know best
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Level 44
Jul 18, 2015
forgot grape fruit silly .>..
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Level 74
Nov 11, 2015
Great quiz. If you're going to accept "bergamot orange" for sour orange, then you might as well accept "bergamot" on its own.
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Level 23
Nov 19, 2015
why thank you comment section. I wouldn't have gotten any but lemon and lime without you. matter of fact, i tried not using it for this quiz and failed miserably.
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Level 75
Sep 26, 2017
So you cheated and that made you a success?
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Level 74
Nov 24, 2015
Great that different variants of the name were available (like Seville for sour)

I had no idea a key lime was a type of fruit. I always thought the Key part was another ingredient!

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Level 38
Mar 29, 2016
It really helps if you know parts of Latin
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Level 82
Sep 6, 2016
Well that settles it, I'm making Thai for dinner.
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Level 80
Oct 12, 2016
I had no idea pomelo was a distinct fruit in English - it just means grapefruit in Spanish, at least in Spain.
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Level 65
Dec 17, 2018
yea and citron means lemon in some lanuages
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Level 45
Jun 5, 2017
What about ugli fruit?
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Level 71
Sep 26, 2017
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
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Level 24
Jul 26, 2017
5/5 points for getting 9/12, nice
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Level 77
Jul 26, 2017
When you get 5 and that's average... O_O
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Level 70
Sep 26, 2017
Are oranges the world's most popular fruit? What is this based on? I have definitely heard tomatoes called this before, and I am fairly sure apples are more eaten too. This list puts oranges 5th. https://keepfresh.com.au/most-popular-fruit-in-the-world-2/
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Level 77
Nov 4, 2017
Possibly the only quiz where a 75% gets you 5 points....
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Level 86
Aug 31, 2022
I got 9 out of 12 so I instantly retook the quiz, not realizing I already had the 5 points haha
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Level 40
Nov 4, 2017
only 9% gets citron even though its name is almost same with citrus and i would call it "main" citrus fruit.
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Level 65
Dec 17, 2018
maybe because lemon is the translation for citron in some languages, and you wouldnt think it would be on there again.
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Level 68
Dec 27, 2017
Tangerine!
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Level 75
Jan 25, 2018
Well, I'm shocked - I had always thought that pineapple is a citrus fruit but apparently not
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Level 65
Apr 12, 2019
This quiz uses outdated taxonomy. Kumquats now have the binomial "Citrus japonica." Also, this quiz should really include the Australian endemic species like finger lime and desert lime, as their former genus Microcitrus was reincorporated into Citrus.
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Level 72
Apr 12, 2019
"Also, this quiz should really include the Australian endemic species like finger lime and desert lime" Why?
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Level 56
Aug 12, 2019
Add blood orange and clementine maybe? At least in Europe they are way more common than a lot of the ones listed.
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Level 67
Jun 30, 2020
Bergamot?
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Level 60
Dec 11, 2020
lol i only got pomelo and orange
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Level 34
Dec 19, 2020
You could add Sweet lime(or sweet lemon) which is Citrus Limetta. It's a very common citrus fruit atleast in Southeast Asia. Also popularly known as mosambi.
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Level 76
Jan 29, 2022
Was hoping to see two of my favorite citrus fruits--ugli/unique and sumo citrus.
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Level 44
Jun 28, 2022
Chinotto? It's a very bitter type of orange typical of southern Italy. Its scientific name is Citrus × myrtifolia
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Level 27
Jan 17, 2023
please accept kamquat and makroot ;-;
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Level 77
Nov 22, 2023
It would be awesome to see kalamansi/calamansi (citrus microcarpa) on here. They're from the Philippines but you can sometimes find them in the US.
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Level 29
Jan 16, 2024
i only got five ;(