How to Pick Lemons from a Lemon Tree
A neighbor saw me picking lemons from my lemon tree last year, and told me, “What beautiful limes!” When I told her they were actually lemons, she laughed and told me, “I think you’re picking a little early, dear!” I probably would have thought the same thing a few years ago. People often see photos of lemon trees full of gorgeous bright yellow lemons. The truth is, if you allow your lemons to get that yellow on the tree, you’re going to have buckets of rotten lemons pretty soon.
So how do you know when to pick lemons from a lemon tree?
Generally speaking, lemons have a diameter of 2″ – 3″. Instead of picking lemons when they are the correct color, you should pick your lemons when they are the correct SIZE. Once your lemons reach a diameter of 2 1/2 inches, wait a day or two and then pick them. At this point, they should be entirely light yellowish green.
If you happen to see any lemons that are already turning yellow on the tree, remove them immediately, and use them as soon as possible. If you don’t have any desire to use them for cooking or lemonade right away, squeeze the juice from the lemons and freeze it in ice cube trays.
Here’s how to pick lemons from a lemon tree:
Take the entire lemon in your hand. Twist gently, breaking its hold to the tree. Do not pull too hard, or you will damage the branches of the tree. If you prefer, you can use hand clippers to cut the lemons from the tree.
Originally posted 2009-09-11 17:24:39. Republished by Blog Post Promoter