Seaman’s Fruit is a small variety of citrus, grown in drier temperate zones, especially on the plains and sunnier hillsides of Harbag. It is relatively dry and meaty, but has all the goodness of citruses (later known as vitamin C) that prevents sailors from getting scurvy. It can last many months in a ship’s hold if kept dry.
Seaman’s Fruit has a strong orange-like scent and rather bland taste. There are many recipes that makes use of this combination, from soups and salads up to seasoning meat.
Distilled, it is thick, almost creamy, with high alcohol content; fine, but expensive. It is rumored to be a mild aphrodisiac (probably just a rumor). Drinking more than a few shots produces headaches, so it is used for toasts and celebrations. A tea with one drop of it is still customary among the old settlers.
The large alchymistic industry in the area has tried to use it as well, but it seems to be magically inert. It is mixed into potions and salves to suppress some of the fouler smells. The beverage can increase the duration of some products, it is a basic component for potions of healing here. Know that it keeps the headache-producing qualities.
The halfling-sized plant is quite hungry. A capable farmer can use the same field every other year for growing it, most only once per three years. A tree can have dozens of flowers, it is prudent to remove some flowers if the soil or location is not ideal. In the south, they jut shave off all flowers one year, for a full harvest next year.
The fruits are best for harvest when they have two inches in size and are soft enough. If they grow any larger, they tend to become mushy and rot quickly.