Lemon
Citrus limon (Rutaceae family) 

Origin: South Asia
Fruiting season: year round
Height: small tree (10 – 20 ft)
Relatives: lime, orange, grapefruit

Lemon is one of the most widely-planted and prolific citruses grown in Hawaii. The fruits are yellow and approximately 3” in diameter. The taxonomy of Citrus genus is complex, and cultivation goes back at least 2500 years. While the precise number of species is unclear, all originated from three primary ancestors: citron, pomelo and mandarin.

Citrus trees require a well-drained soil and regular fertilization.

Lemons are rich in vitamins and minerals, especially vitamin C. Similar to all citrus, the peel contains aromatic oils and the fruit’s zest is used to add flavor to dishes. Lemon juice is a characteristic ingredient in many desserts and beverages. The distinctive astringent flavor is used to enhance many poultry, fish, and vegetable dishes worldwide.

The flesh is juicy, aromatic, acidic, and refreshing with a balance of sweet and sour.

Note: At different times we may have variations in the varieties we carry. Many citrus varieties can be available in dwarf, semi-dwarf, or full size, and either have seeds, low seed, or be seedless.

 

Lemon cut open
Lemons on tree

Lemon, Meyer – Meyer lemon is a hybrid between a lemon and a mandarin orange. This hybridization contributes to its sweeter, floral, and less acidic taste compared to regular lemons. The skin is smooth, thin, deep yellow-orange and often fragrant. Meyer lemons are prized in cooking due to their distinctive flavor and are commonly used in desserts, dressings, marinades, and various savory dishes.

Lemon, Pink Eureka – Also called “Pink Lemonade”, Pink Eureka has a bright yellow, smooth, and glossy skin and light pink flesh. It is a popular variety due to its reliable production and consistent fruit quality. Eureka lemons are generally seedless or contain very few seeds. The flavor is tart and acidic, making them suitable for various culinary uses. They are often used in cooking, baking, and for making lemonade.