Meet the Pink Lemon We're Loving Right Now
The summer season brings back the fruit we know and love: peaches, cherries, watermelon, plums, variegated lemons. You’re right — that last one doesn’t make it onto too many shopping lists, and for a good reason. This odd-looking citrus is quite a conversation starter, but no one really knows how they’re different from regular lemons. Here’s your quick primer.
Variegated lemons develop a striking green striped coloring as they ripen. They get their “variegated” name from the patchy, uneven leaves they grow from on the trees. At the peak of ripeness, their rind turns a pale yellow color, but you can still see hints of the green stripes. Slice one of these odd beauties and you’ll find the inner flesh to be a soft pink like a grapefruit.
Not only are they stunning, but these lemons also have fewer seeds than they’re more popular counterpart, the Eureka Lemon (what you find in supermarkets and corner stores). Sounds like the perfect lemon, doesn’t it? Be wary, this lemon does carry a strong kick. Its tartness lends well to desserts or anything that needs a little extra something.
Naturally, you’re wondering if pink lemonade is made with these pink lemons. I mean, that would make sense, right? Sadly, no, pink lemonade is just added dye (sorry if we crushed your dreams). The variegated lemon does make a great (slightly pink) lemonade though. Garnish it with a peel of that striped rind, and you’ve got a striking lemonade without much effort.