The Variegated Pink Lemon is an extraordinary tree indeed. The type of cultivar this unique tree is part of is the lemon tree family. Also known as the pink-fleshed Eureka lemon and the variegated Eureka lemon, often referred to as the “The Pink Lemon.”
Variegated pink lemons are pink on the inside. Offering these lemons a unique opportunity for plating design, styling your cocktail glasses, to dressing up good old plain lemon aid.
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What Does Variegated Mean?
Variegated is a result of selective breeding. Which rarely occurs in nature, and this trait can be achieved through human intervention to infuse different qualities into the plant's DNA, such as those found in the tropical rainforests from which they originated!
🍋 What Are Variegated Pink Lemons?
Variegated Pink Lemons are a type of lemon with distinctive stripes.
The skin is usually green and yellow, but it can also be spotted brown or pink in coloration.
They are often confused with variegated Eureka lemons but can be identified by their thicker rind, which usually sports a greenish-yellow striping - not just random spots.
Variegated Pink lemons are a cross between 1) pink grapefruit and 2) 'Duncan' navel oranges. The result is a fruit that resembles both its parents but has the sweeter taste of the grapefruit combined with the juiciness of the orange.
These special lemons are delicious both as fresh fruit and in preserves and drinks. The grapefruit genes that cause the variegation also make them sweet and seedless - like an orange, but with pinkish-red flesh instead of yellow.
Variegated Pink lemons are available in early summer, about 2-3 months after flowering, until late fall. They're ready to harvest when the fruit is a deep pink color and firm, plump and symmetrical.
What Are Cultivars?
Cultivars are plants that have been created either through breeding or genetic engineering. They are unique to other organisms, as they provide specific benefits to the consumer.
Cultivars provide significant advantages to consumers, including ease of care, greater yield, and better taste. Some companies use genetic engineering to develop different cultivars with specific modifications for a particular purpose.
🍋 What Does It Taste Like?
The flavor profile is not the same as you'd think when talking lemons. This lemon has a very unique taste, almost more fruity than acidic.
Have you ever tasted a Meyer lemon before? I would begin to describe the flavor profile along those lines. Much softer pucker your lips effect and sweeter fruity notes. One of the best lemonades on the planet but comes at a higher cost.
Why Are Variegated Lemons Pink?
The pink flesh is courtesy of lycopene, the same anti-cancer compound that gives tomatoes their bright red color, and grapefruit its pink color. Beyond its unusual color, this pinkish-red Eureka lemon provides all the flavor and juice you'd expect from your average lemon variety.
🍋 Grow Your Own Pink Lemon Trees
Growing Tip: If the lack of water stresses the fruit tree, the lemons will grow into ordinary yellow-colored lemons and lose their visual appeal. The branches on the trees will begin to turn white/pale.
It seems the pink color is part of the love you give your fruit tree.