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5 Different Types of Lemons You Didn't Know Existed

Different Types of Lemons

Did you know there are literally tons of different types of lemons out there? In this article, we share 5 types of interesting lemons for you to discover!

You probably don't give much thought to the trusty lemon. You just grab a couple at the grocery store whenever you need them for homemade lemonade or a recipe.

Yet, the venerable lemon has many uses, such as an insect repellent, deodorizer, and cleaning agent. It also turns out that lemons come in over two-dozen varieties.

Keep reading and we'll tell you about 5 types of lemons you might not know about and may want to add to your citrus collection!

1. Pink Variegated Lemon

Believe it or not, pink lemonade isn't a marketing gimmick. They make fresh pink lemonade from the pink variegated lemon.

Known for its distinctive pink flesh, the pink variegated lemon also sports a yellow and green skin. Want to make your own pink lemonade? You can grow pink variegated lemons indoors.

2. Buddha's Hand Citron

The Buddha's hand Citron has one of the strangest appearances of all lemons. It looks like a collection of fingers or tentacles. Originally cultivated in ancient China, the odd-looking fruit migrated to California in the 1980s.

With its sweet rind, the Buddha's hand makes an excellent addition to cocktails and candies well. You can even use it as an alternative zest for special dishes.

3. Baboon Lemon

The name sounds made up, but the baboon lemon is a real variety of the fruit. Hailing from Brazil, the baboon lemon sports an extremely bright yellow skin. 

The flavor of the flesh, while still sour, bears more in common with the lime than with other lemons. That makes it an ideal candidate for mixing things up with your favorite lemon-based recipes.

4. Nepali Oblong Lemon

The Nepali oblong isn't a fruit you'll find in most US or European grocery stores. Known for its smooth skin, this lemon offers a medium level of tartness. That makes it an excellent choice for most lemon recipes.

The Nepali oblong is a commercial fruit crop in India. 

5. Jhambiri Lemon

Like the Nepali Oblong, the Jhambiri lemon or rough lemon doesn't get much attention in the West. It's far more common in Asia.

The Jhambiri lemon sports a surprisingly rough skin. The flesh of the lemon is also extremely sour, much more so than lemon varieties routinely used in the US or Europe. If you want to take your sour game to a whole new level, though, track down some Jhambiri lemons.

Parting Thoughts on Types of Lemons

Don't feel bad if your part of that group who never thought much about lemons. Since most stores only carry a few of the many types of lemons, you might have thought those were the only ones available.

Now that you do know, though, you can expand your lemon-based recipes to include some of the more offbeat varieties. Imagine how impressed your guests will be when you make pink lemonade with actual pink lemons. 

Want to try your hand at growing your own lemons? We specialize in indoor citrus trees and plants including Meyer lemon trees, Pink variegated lemon trees, and Eureka lemon trees. Try growing your own lemons today!

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When Life Gives You Lemons: 9 Things You Can Do with Lemons

Lemons

What can you do when your lemon tree is in full bloom and you've got a bunch of lemons? Here are 9 fun things you can do with these yellow citrus fruits!

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. That's what everybody says, right? But there are so many more ways to use lemons than just making something to drink. 

If you are one of the lucky people to have a lemon tree in their yard, then this is the article for you. 

Keep reading to learn about 9 awesome things you can do with your lemons. 

1. Soothe Bites and Stings

If you find yourself suffering from an itchy case of mosquito bites this summer, then a slice or two of lemon is exactly what you need. Just rub a slice over the bites or stings and you will be feeling soothed and itch-free in no time.

2. Make Your Own Cleaning Products

If you find yourself wondering what to do with excess lemons, then why not make some citrus cleaning products? Citric acid is a powerful and 100% natural cleaner. Scrubbing with pure lemon juice is enough to leave your home clean and fresh.

3. Skin Care Ointment

If you are suffering from acne or dry elbows, then a few drops of lemon juice can help work wonders. Mix it up with some baking soda and you get a wonderful salve to hep treat dry elbows.

4. Deodorize Your Home

Ever wondered what to do with lemons? Try halving them, adding them to a bowl of water and placing them around your home. They look cute and offer a natural way to remove odors. 

5. Freshen Up Your Fridge

If you find yourself with excess lemons, why not use them to freshen your fridge? Squeeze a lemon and use the juice to soak some cotton balls. Put these in your fridge for a few hours to leave it smelling fresh and clean.

6. Give Your Baking an Extra Zing

There are, of course, a lot of recipes using lemons. On top of that, you can add lemon juice and lemon zest into almost any baking project to give it an extra zing and get everybody talking about your kitchen skills. 

7. Shine Your Shoes

How about a non-edible recipe using lemons? Combine lemon juice and olive oil in a 2:1 ratio. This mixture makes an incredible polish that will have your shoes gleaming.

8. Create a Stain Remover

Whether you are looking at clothes, hands, or water streaks in the bathroom, one of the best things you can do with lemons is to juice them and use it as a grade-A stain remover. Just apply, scrub and rinse for brilliant results.

9. Lemons Make a Great Breath Freshener

Of course, if you are still wondering what to do with your extra lemons, try making yourself a natural breath freshener. Fresh lemon juice and water make a great combination. Take a swig, swill it around and swallow it for fresh breath every time. 

Never Run Out of Uses for Your Extra Lemons

With so many different lemony options, you will sooner run out of lemons than you will ideas on what to do with them. 

Why stop there, when there are so many uses for all varieties of citrus fruits?

Check out our other citrus blog posts and articles to learn more about citrus fruits and their great versatility. 

Or, grow your very own lemon tree from our citrus tree collection!

We offer fast-growing Meyer lemon trees, Eureka lemon trees, and Pink variegated lemon trees for you to grow indoors or out!

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How to Make Lemon Oil With Your Meyer Lemons

How to Make Lemon Oil With Your Meyer Lemons

Lemon oil can be used for a wide array of useful purposes. Check out this guide to learn how to make essential lemon oil with your Meyer lemons.

Meyer lemons are one of the lesser-known varieties of lemons. Yet these lemons are readily available, cheap, and good for your health. You can use them to make lemon oil which has many and varied uses — from making cleaning agents to skincare.

The best part is that you can make this lemon essential oil from the comfort of your home. In fact, all you need is the lemons and a cup of coconut oil. But, don’t take my word for it!

Follow these 6 simple steps to make oil from Meyer lemons:

1. Give the Lemons a Thorough Wash

Wash 4-5 lemons thoroughly under cold water. Use your hands or a vegetable brush to rub the skin to remove pesticides and disease-causing germs.

Dry them with a clean rag or paper towels after washing.

2. Peel the Skin Off

Use a peeler, zester, or a kitchen knife to remove the skin from your Meyer lemons gently. Keep the peels in a separate medium-sized glass or steel container for use later on. The yellow part of the peels contains lemon oil.

After peeling, add one cup of coconut oil to the peeled skin and submerge them. If you don’t have coconut oil, you can use sweet almond oil.

3. Bring Water to Boil

Add water halfway in a medium-sized pot, then bring it to boil.

Turn the heat setting to low such that the water retains its temperature. If you leave a high setting on, your lemon oil might evaporate, and you’ll miss out on the vast Meyer lemon peel benefits.

4. Place the Bowl on the Pot of Hot Water

Place the bowl with lemon peels over the pan with boiling water. Ensure the heat is set to low and wait for it to extract from the peels. The processes should take about 20 minutes.

You might have to wait longer if you used more Meyer lemons. Luckily, it is easy to know when the lemon oil has infused into the coconut oil just by looking.

5. Cool and Strain the Mixture

Turn off the heat and remove the pan containing Meyer lemon oil from the pot. Use tongs or kitchen gloves to lift the hot bowl to avoid injuring yourself. Leave the oil to cool to room temperature for about 2-3 hours.

Afterward, pass the mixture through a sieve or a clean cloth to separate your oil from the peels. Sieve it twice if the first pass didn’t eliminate all particles. You don’t want to end up with oil that is full of tiny peels.

6. Store the Lemon Oil in a Cool, Dry Place

Pour your lemon oil into a jar with a tight lid and place the container in a cool, dry place. You can keep it in a refrigerator too. As long as you store it correctly, the oil should last for about a month before it goes bad.

If you want to enjoy the benefits of lemon essential oil, follow these steps carefully. You should also use the correct ratio of lemons to coconut oil.

You've Done It!

There are many Meyer lemon oil uses. So, why the wait? Go ahead and make this essential oil to enjoy its immense benefits.

If you're interested in growing your own Meyer lemons for delicious lemon fruit for recipes or oil, try out our fast-growing Meyer lemon trees!

Take a look at our Citrus Simplified blog for more tips and healthy ways to use Meyer lemons and other citrus fruits.

Juicing Lemons Like A Pro: 5 Expert Tricks For Juicing Citrus Fruit At Home

Juicing Lemons & Citrus Fruit

Do you have what it takes for properly juicing lemons and other citrus fruit? Turns out you just need some little-known juicing tips. Here are a few to get you started.

 

Fresh citrus juice is the best for cooking, baking, and mixing drinks of all kinds.

Plus, they have all sorts of amazing health benefits. Citrus juices are packed with vitamin C, a natural immune system booster

They also have anti-oxidants, which are helpful in preventing and combating cancer, heart disease, and degenerative diseases.

However, juicing citrus fruit isn't the easiest thing in the world to do. In fact, it can be positively frustrating.

When dealing with citrus fruit, such as lemons, juicing can be incredibly messy. Additionally, it's difficult to get all the juice out of them and not all over your hands.

Need help? Don't worry, we've got some answers!

Here are 5 brilliant tips for juicing lemons!

Freeze 'Em

Juicing lemons is much easier if you freeze them first. Now, you need to let them thaw before you actually juice them, but you'll be glad you did it!

Freezing lemons causes the juices within to expand. This breaks down the cell walls of the lemon. When it thaws, it will be softer and easier to squeeze!

Cut Length, Not Width

To get the most juice out of your lemon, try cutting the fruit down the length, rather than the width.

This will leave more surface area of the inside of the lemon. Cutting it down the length also makes the lemon easier to grip and squeeze. 

When juicing lemons by hand, this is the best bet to get the most juice.

Roll it Out

Similar to freezing lemons, rolling lemons out on the countertop will also break down the cell walls, make them softer and easier to squeeze.

Treat the lemon like a ball of clay you're trying to soften up. Don't be too gentle. However, if you press so hard the lemon bursts open, you're being a little too rough.

Pick the Right Fruit

A big aspect of success juicing lemons is picking the right lemon!

Go for the big, plump, and firm lemons. They will be the easiest to squeeze and the most rewarding. They should be bright yellow with no hints of green.

Any green color on the lemon suggests it is unripe, while a paler color of yellow suggests an older lemon which will have less juice.

If you're really on your game, you can plant your own lemon tree and pick lemons right off of the branches!

Use a Squeezer for Juicing Lemons

Of course, one of the most hassle-free ways for juicing lemons is with an actual juicer. Well, it's more of a lemon squeezer.

This squeezer is handheld and pushes nearly all of the juice out of lemon halves. If you're looking for getting as much juice as possible out of your lemons, this is the way to go.

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4 Common Types of Lemons You'll Find in Your Local Grocery Store

Common Types of Lemons

Knowing the different types of lemons can help you determine the ideal options for you. Read on to learn the common options you can find at your local store.

A lemon isn't just a lemon.

Instead, there are dozens of different types of lemons.

The different types of lemons can be a bit of a mystery to those who aren't in the know.

If you're looking for some of the most common varieties of lemon that are hanging around the grocery store you're in the right place.

Read on and we'll describe four of the most commonly sold lemon types you can find at the store or as lemon trees, and tell you what they're best for.

1. Lisbon Lemons

Most often labeled as just plain lemons in grocery stores, Lisbon lemons are one of the varieties which commonly come to mind when you picture a lemon.

They're an acidic variety of the fruit, as opposed to a sweet one, and are commonly found in supermarkets worldwide.

They're one of the smoother varieties of lemon and can be distinguished from Eureka lemons by the presence of a pointed end opposite the stem.

2. Eureka Lemons

Extremely similar to Lisbon lemons in taste and texture, Eureka lemons can be distinguished by having a neck beneath the stem and a rougher texture.

When it comes to culinary uses the two varieties of lemon are pretty much indistinguishable. They have extremely similar profiles in taste and acidity, close enough that few people can tell the difference at all.

If you have the option, however, the thicker skin of Eureka lemons make them a slightly better choice for zest.

Want to grow your own? We offer fast-growing Eureka lemon trees for sale.

3. Meyer Lemons

Meyer lemons are actually a hybrid fruit and not a true lemon. The plant originates from crossbreeding citron and mandarin.

They're one of the few varieties that you'll find labeled separately in a grocery store.

Due to their hybrid origins, Meyer lemons are much further on the sweet side of things than most other varieties of lemon.'

They can be distinguished from common lemons by their smaller size and darker coloration. They tend to hit the shelves in winter and early spring as well since they're one of the best varieties to grow indoors.

They're a fascinating variety, but don't try to substitute them for regular lemons in cooking unless you're sure the different flavor profile will suit the dish better.

Want to try this interesting hybrid lemon? Try out some fast-growing Meyer lemon trees for sale as well!

4. Bearss Lemons

Similar in appearance to both the Eureka and Lisbon lemons are Bearss lemons. The cultivar originated in Italy but can now be found growing in Florida.

Bearss lemons sometimes hit the shelves, often as another generic variety of "lemon."

While one of the cultivars which appear in stores, the Bearss lemon differentiates itself primarily by its various commercial uses.

The trees carry a larger-than-normal amount of fruit and the peels contain a higher portion of essential oils than Lisbon or Eureka which makes them an attractive choice for those who are looking to capitalize on various refined lemon products.

The Many Types of Lemons

This is just a small sample of the many exotic lemons which can be found if you know where to look. For the most part, these four types of lemons form the bulk of the lemon trade in the US.

With a growing interest in exotic cultivars, however, we may be seeing other varieties on shelves in the near future.

Or, you can grow your own citrus trees!

If you're ready to start caring for your own citrus trees then check out our citrus blog where we regularly provide insight and tips to help your citrus gardening endeavors.