12 Best Citrus Fruits in India | List of Citrus Fruits

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Want to know about the best Citrus Fruits in India? Check out this exclusive list and pick the best one for your home garden! You can also grow them in pots!

Here are the top Citrus Fruits in India that you can grow easily in gardens and pots! Cultivate them today to have a fresh and steady supply of fruits all year round!

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Citrus Fruits

Citrus falls under the category of fruits having a thick rind with juicy and pulpy flesh. They are rich in juice and the outer skin is used for oils. One of the most amazing things about these citrus fruits is that they have loads of health benefits that help boost the immune system.

Citrus Fruits In India

1. Sweet Lime / Mosambi

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Botanical Name: Citrus limetta

Sweet lime is popular as mosambi in Indian citrus fruits. It is sweet in flavor, and people consume it in whole or juice form. It tastes great with salt and masala too!

2. Orange / Santra

Botanical Name: Citrus × sinensis

This fruit is rich in Vitamin C, antioxidants, and fiber. India is the third-largest producer of Oranges in the world and fruits from Nagpur are very popular in the country.

3. Tangerine

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Botanical Name: Citrus reticulata

Tangerine is one of the sweetest fruits in the citrus category. They taste delicious in desserts, salads, drinks, and other seafood.

4. Clementine


Botanical Name: Citrus × clementina

Clementine is a cross gene of mandarin orange and sweet orange. It is less acidic, and the taste is somewhat similar to that of sweet mandarin orange.

5. Blood Orange

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Botanical Name: Citrus × sinensis ‘Blood orange’

Rich in antioxidants, this fruit has numerous health benefits. It tastes like raspberries with a hint of tart to it, which makes it quite delicious.

6. Kinnow / Kinnu

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Botanical Name: Citrus nobilis x Citrus deliciosa

Kinnow is a new hybrid citrus fruit from mandarin and king orange. It has high juice content , which makes it great for cocktails in India.

7. Citron / Galgal

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Botanical Name: Citrus medica

This fruit is popular to make jams and quick pickles in India. It has a strong citrusy fragrance. The fruit is native to Uttarakhand.

8. Pomelo

Botanical Name: Citrus maxima

This fruit has white flesh with a very sweet flavor, which makes it perfect for jellies. Pomelo is not quite as popular as other citrus fruits in India though.

9. Lemon / Nimboo

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Botanical Name: Citrus limon

India is the largest producer of lemon in the world. Ths fruit is rich in Vitamin C and in India, people use it to prepare tangy pickles and add it to various dishes.

Here’s all you need to know about growing lemons in pots

10. Grapefruit

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Botanical Name: Citrus × paradisi

Grapefruit is popular for its unique flavor that ranges from sour to sweet taste.  It is not as common as the other citrus fruits on this list though.

11. Buddha’s Hand

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Botanical Name: Citrus medica var. sarcodactylis

It is one of the most unique citrus fruits available worldwide, thanks to its unusual shape. It remains a novelty in India and it is not easy to spot in the local markets.

12. Mandarin

Botanical Name: Citrus reticulata

Mandarin is one of the most popular fruits in the citrus family. It looks similar to an orange but offers tonnes of more health benefits.

Learn all about growing mandarin here

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