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My father grew several dwarf limes in Southern California (about 2-3 feet high) that I remember distinctly from my youth. He called them "beer limes" or at least that was the name in my memory. I have found Bearss limes, but they don't look anything like these, so I think it was misidentification.

Sorry, I don't have photos. These were orange fruit with extreme baggy skin, even more than a satsuma, but with a distinct lime-y sour flavor. The Rangpur is the closest I can find, but they don't seem baggy at all.

Any help identifying these trees would be appreciated. Or just let me know I am nuts.

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  • I'd guess they were "beer limes" in the sense of sticking a slice in your bottle of Corona Beer - or at least your Dad's bottle of Corona Beer...
    – Ecnerwal
    Commented Dec 3, 2023 at 3:48

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There are a lot of sour, baggy, orange citrus fruit that can grow in Northern California. Have you tried looking through some pictures of citrus fruits and see if any match your memory? Here's a nice list on wikipedia to start. Pictures of citrus fruits make pleasant browsing too.

Once you have a better idea of a fruit phenotype, I think the trees being only 2-3 feet tall and productive would really narrow it down.

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  • I will throw some WAGs out anyway. Volkamer lemon, kobayashi mikan, or bitter orange
    – MackM
    Commented Dec 4, 2023 at 23:05

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