The fruit has no sourness though, but it does smell and taste faintly like lime. In fact, the flavour is so faint, that it’s largely just grown as a houseplant. The tree doesn’t grow very tall, so it is treated as a miniature ornamental. The tree is thornless and produces purple flowers whose great fragrance is, alas, not a promise of things to come.
The fruit has 7 to 10 segments inside, and is either seedless or will have just a few small seeds.
Otaheite is an island discovered by Captain James Cook in 1769 (then still just a lieutenant). You may know the island by another name — Tahiti.