My contribution to Weekend Herb Blogging (hosted by Scott of the The Real Epicurean) this week is all about the calamansi.

Calamansi (Citrofortunella microcarpa – this is the scientific name, notice how a scientific name is written?) is a type of citrus that is native to the Philippines. It is also known as calamondin, Panama orange or acid orange. It is very sour hence its popularity as souring agent for sinigang and sawsawan (dipping sauces). It is also one of the more common backyard trees in Philippine homes (along with papaya and guava). One can use it in marinades as well, and in fact, it goes well with soy sauce and lemongrass for marinating meats for grills. It is a deodorizer too, notice that your hand smells fishy after handling fish? Just rub calamansi juice! It is also incorporated in soaps and lotions and shampoos.

For more uses of calamansi: 13 ways to use calamansi.

And check out this calamansi chronicles from Burnt Lumpia. That’s how we Filipinos love calamansi :)



  1. says

    Kalamansi at toyo was always at our dinner table (even when it doesn’t make sense). Nothing like a sour and salty dip to make everything taste better.

  2. corrine says

    I love calamansi and it’s good that it’s always available in Manila. However, I am looking for dayap. Is there anybody you know who sells dayap in Laguna? :)

  3. says

    Hi Corrine, can’t find dayap here in Laguna regularly. We have a plant at home but it has yet to bear fruit. Can’t wait.

  4. chris says

    Please provide me on how to grow a calamansi tree/plant because I have a British friend and he wants to grow a calamansi on his green yard at England. Chris from Abu Dhabi, UAE.

  5. says

    Hi Chris, it’s quite easy here in the Philippines because the climate is suited for growing calamansi. I’m not so sure if it would grow well in England.

  6. says

    Pwede pang-asim ng sinigang; yung iba, as calamansi cake imbes na lemon cake. Pampaalis din ng langsa/lansa ang calamansi.

  7. Dylone Alfon G. Felongco says

    Pwede nyo ba akong tulongan maghanap ng uses of calamansi gaya ng calamansi whitening soap

  8. bbboogie says

    Calamansi is sometimes available here in Eastern North Carolina. And I love it in my Cuba Libras vs. the traditional lime. It makes a very BIG difference.

  9. says

    I’m not so sure. We do use kalamansi to remove the lansa after cleaning fish. I think it’s too acidic to use as hand wash.

  10. says

    Great Post. I didn’t know about the calamansi at all, but now I have a few basic facts. I’d actually like to know where I could hunt down a tree.. I live in Houston and that’s a similar climate to where these are native. I think it’d be pretty! And I love citrus.

  11. cujo says

    Calamansi is not native tyo the philippines or anywhere else. It is a hybrid of the kumquat and the tangerine. Noone knows who introduced it

  12. the right one says

    hey,, im always right so.. u better listen 4 wat im about to type:

    I decided to list few of the uses of Calamansi.

    1) Juice. Squeeze halved calamansi (4 to 5 pieces, but it depends on the user) to a cup. Strain it. Add honey or sugar. It’s a good source of vitamin C.

    2) Zinger for ginger tea. Ginger tea + 1 tbsp calamansi juice + honey/sugar.

    3) Tequila shots. Others use lemon, but mostly we use calamansi here.

    4) Natural Air Freshener. Halved calamansi and put them in a bowl. Their peelings could do the trick, too.

    5) Deodorizer. Can be placed in the fridge to eliminate odor. Or say you’ve just finished cleaning some fish (or handling something unpleasant in smell), you may rub some to eliminate the icky odor.

    6) Skin whitening Agent. Definitely good for the dark knees and elbows and armpits…

    7) Dip. Basic Filipino Dip = soysauce, calamansi (optional vinegar)

    8) Marinade. Soysauce. Calamansi. Vinegar. Pepper. Garlic.

    9) Dandruff Treatment. Cover halved calamansi with a cloth (prevents the pulp from getting stuck in your hair). Rub gently to the scalp.

    10) Bleach. Its juice is proven to remove minor stains on clothes.

    11) When we – my bros and sisters – were still kids, we would carefully peel and part its segments, and devour them as if they’re the sweetest thing on earth.

    12) Hair highlights. In a punk, funky mood? Comb calamansi juice through the hair or into some strands and leave it there. The sun will lighten the strands faster, giving the hair a sun-streaked look. (I have not actually done this, but I have friends who have tried this trick.)

    =D is it so.. luv it!! <3

  13. Brad says

    I have had a fruit bearing Calamansi tree in a pot for over 20 years. I had it in Indiana for 13 years (indoors of course). Don’t let the cold climate stop you from enjoying this beautiful plant. There are several places online that will ship the seeds to you. I found my tree at a tourist stand in Daytona Beach, FL. They are sold as miniature orange trees.

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  15. Edwin says

    Some years ago while I was eating at McDonalds in Makati, I noticed two Korean guys adding something to their drink of Coca-Cola. I later discovered that it was some freshly squeezed calamansi fruit that they had brought with them. When I got home I tried squeezing a calamansi into a glass of ice-cold Coke–whew it tasted more refreshing and more thirst-quenching with that added tanginess.

  16. Fayeabell says

    Im getting into green living and have been searching on line for DIY natural recipes for cleaning agents and most recipes that i would find have lemons or oranges to it. Im researching now if I can use calamansi instead of lemon and orange peels for the all purpose house cleaner I make. Would you have any idea? Thank you.

  17. pinky says

    Hi. I have a chicken recipe that calls for 12 pcs calamansi (extract juice) & don’t have calamansi available here. About how many limes would that be eqppiual to? Tnx


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