The variegated pink lemon, also called the variegated Eureka lemon, or pink-fleshed Eureka lemon is a cultivar of lemon with unique pink flesh, a green-striped rind when ripening, and variegated foliage.

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Description/Taste::

Eureka lemons are large, averaging 5 centimeters in diameter, with an oblong shape. They have a vibrant yellow skin with sunken oil glands, resulting in a textured surface. The rind is full of volatile oils, providing an intense citrus aroma. Eureka lemons have a pronounced blossom-end knob, called a mammilla, and a medium-thick white pith. The juicy, yellow flesh contains few to no seeds and offers a tart and acidic flavor.

Current Facts::

The Eureka lemon, botanically known as Citrus limon, is the standard commercial lemon variety around the world because of its consistent flavor, firm texture, high oil content, and nearly year-round growing season. This variety was originally named “Garey’s Eureka” after Thomas Garey, who propagated the first Eureka lemon tree.

Applications::

Eureka lemons may be used in wide range of applications, from sweet to savory. They can be made into marmalades or used in baked goods, such as lemon meringue pie, and their zest can be infused into oils. Both its zest and juice can be used in cocktails, syrups, marinades, and dressings. Pair with other citrus, poultry and seafood, tea, or fresh fruits and vegetables. Store at room temperature for up to one week, or refrigerate to extend shelf life up to one month.

Ethnic/Cultural Info::

Most lemons in countries like the United States were imported from Italy until California started growing Eureka and Lisbon varieties. Today, California is a leading domestic supplier of Eureka lemons, which are the most widely cultivated lemon variety worldwide, with commercial production in areas of South Africa, Israel, Australia, and Argentina.

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Geography/History::

The Eureka lemon is a descendant of the Lunario lemon, a variety from Italy. The Eureka lemon first grew out of a selection of seedlings planted in Los Angeles, California in 1858. It was propagated and introduced to the public in 1877 by Thomas Garey as Garey’s Eureka

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