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Younger Pink lemons are variegated, with green and off white stripes on the outside, and a rosé hued pink flesh inside. As the lemons mature the variegation reverts and the pink flesh intensifies. Pink lemons have a tangy and tart flavor, a rich lemon scent and very few seeds if any. Their leaves are highly fragrant, considered the most fragrant among lemon trees. Pink lemons become less acidic with age. They are best suited for their juice and their zest.
Sporadically, Pink lemons are available beginning winter through mid-summer.
The Pink lemon AKA pink lemonade tree is actually its own variety. It is not a hybrid, rather simply unique to the Eureka lemon family. Although it is not the most productive of lemon varieties, perhaps because their variegated leaves are low in chlorophyll, the fruits produced are highly edible and delicious. The older fruit loses their stripes and develop flesh pigmented pink from lycopene, the same compound that colors pink grapefruit.
Sweetened with sugar or agave the juice of Pink lemons make a delicious lemonade. For a sweet twist on the classics try using the juice of Pink lemons in your favorite lemon cake, lemon bars, or lemon pie recipe. Their vibrant exterior makes them a perfect garnish for cocktails!
The variegated Pink lemon is a mutant variety first discovered in a home garden on an ordinary Eureka lemon tree in Burbank, California circa 1930. It is grown as a farmers market fruit in limited quantities throughout Southern California.
Recipes that include Pink Lemons. One is easiest, three is harder.
People have spotted Pink Lemons using the Specialty Produce app for iPhone and Android.
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Trader Joe's QANear Seattle, Washington, United States
About 115 days ago, 7/04/16
Spotter's comments : Pink Lemons spotted at Trader Joe's. With striped green and yellow skin and tart, pale pink flesh - Perfect for pink lemonade!
Santa Monica Farmers Market
Friend's RanchesNear Santa Monica, California, United States
15150 Maricopa Hwy, Ojai
About 162 days ago, 5/18/16
Spotter's comments : Pink Lemons spotted at Santa Monica Farmers Market.
The Milk Pail Market Mountain View Near Mountain View, California, United States
About 350 days ago, 11/12/15
Fairway Douglaston NY Near Queens, New York, United States
About 549 days ago, 4/26/15
Spotter's comments : Pink Lemons spotted at Fairway Douglaston NY.
Whole Foods Market Near Austin, Texas, United States
About 590 days ago, 3/17/15
Spotter's comments : Pink Lemons spotted at Whole Foods Market. @Whole Foods Austin Texas
Little Italy Mercato
Farmer MarioNear San Diego, California, United States
Gilbert And Lee Quintos Farms
PO Box 2791, Oceanside 92051
About 663 days ago, 1/03/15
Spotter's comments : Pink Lemons spotted at Little Italy Mercato.
Specialty ProduceNear San Diego, California, United States
1929 Hancock Street, San Diego 92110
About 666 days ago, 12/31/14
Spotter's comments : Pink Lemons spotted at Specialty Produce.