Pink Lemons

 While shopping recently I found ‘pink lemons” I was intrigued and researched further. Specialty writes:

Pink lemons are variegated, with green and off white stripes on the rind. Inside, the flesh is a rose-hued pink. As the lemons mature the stripes fade and the color of the pink flesh intensifies. Pink lemons have a tangy and tart flavor, a rich lemon scent and very few seeds if any. The green and white variegated leaves are highly fragrant, and are considered the most fragrant among lemon trees.

Ethnic/Cultural Info

Pink lemons make a authentic pink lemonade, though the color may not be nearly as vibrant. Pink lemonade as a beverage may have its origins in the circus. In the late 1800s a vendor selling lemonade ran out of water for his lemons, and according to the story, he used water from a basin that had just been used to wash the red tights of a circus performer. Hence, the pink color. The circus vendor sold the oddly colored lemonade as ‘strawberry lemonade”


The Pink lemon is a spontaneous mutation that was first discovered on an ordinary Eureka lemon tree in Burbank, California around 1930. Pink lemons are popular with home gardeners and growers as both an ornamental and a citrus tree. A major citrus grower has also grown this variety and coined it, Zebra lemon, for its striped rind.

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