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Lemon

Limon amarillo

Rutaceae Citrus limon (L.) Burm. f.

Source: Magness et al. 1971

Lemons are one of the important citrus fruits. Young lemon trees grow rapidly, and tend to be more spreading than oranges or grapefruit. Trees are slightly less hardy than oranges. Fruits are generally oval in shape, about 2.5 inches in diameter and 2.5 to 3 inches long. Most are picked when they reach a certain size and are still green in color. They may be stored up to several months prior to marketing. Major harvest is during the spring months, while major demand is during mid- and late summer.


Season, bloom to harvest: 9 to 14 months, depending, on temperatures.

Production in U.S.: About 600,000 tons.

Use: Fresh shipment, canned juice, ade drinks, culinary, source of pectin.

Part of fruit consumed: Juice. Rind is candied or used in marmalade. Dried rind from processing plants livestock feed.


Last update February 18, 1999 by ch