This fruit is the parent of the grapefruit, which it resembles to some extent. The fruit is larger and the stalk end is more pointed.
The shaddock derived its specific name from having been first carried from China to the West Indies by Captain Shaddock. It has, however, been neglected there, and now but seldom merits its oriental name of sweet ball. The planters have never been remarkable for their knowledge of science, or their skill in new operations of the arts; and thus, instead of propagating the shaddock by budding, as is done in China, and which is the only way that it can be improved, or even kept from degenerating, they have reared it from seed, and consequently have obtained a harsh and sour sort, which is of very little value.
It is showy, no doubt, from its size, and the appearance of the tree when growing; but it is the least valuable or desirable of the genus* produced in the west.
compiled by Nigel Deacon / Diversity website
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