Say ‘jelly’ and you’ll probably think gelatin, right? Well, Asian jellies are a lot more diverse. Curious? Then read on!
Everyone knows about lime, orange, lemon and grapefruit, right? But did you know all citrus fruits came from Asia and Australia? Researchers from the Genomics Center of Valencian Institute of Agrarian Research, and the US Department of Energy’s Joint Genome Institute studied 58 citrus varieties, and learned that the four ancestral genomes of Mandarin, Citron, Pomelo and Wild Limes actually existed some 8 to 6 million years ago; native to East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, Melanesia and Australia. The ancient indigenous people here had domesticated, cultivated and spread them to the rest of the world across the ages. Millennia of climate change, geographic shifts and cross-breeding created the incredible diversity we know of today.
But besides the common types available worldwide, some remain distinctly Asian. Here are 6 awesome citrus fruits for you to discover and enjoy.