May 26, 2020

Lemon Flavored

Citrus limon 'Ponderosa'

Janine Pineo Photo - Citrus limon 'Ponderosa'

THE WEEKEND EDITION (So big it covers two days)

Just when one thinks one understands, one is hit with the reality that what we know as a lemon is actually only a lemonlike piece of fruit. It turns out that lemons have a shockingly murky past. Their origins are unknown, although most references state that India is the likely home of the true lemon. It seems that most lemons aren’t; they are crosses between lemons and another citrus fruit. Wikipedia states that even lemons aren’t lemons and somehow came to be from a cross between wild citrus species, the citron and mandarin. Technically, lemons should be identified as Citrus X limon, showing it’s a cross. Pictured above is “The American Wonder Lemon,” Citrus limon ‘Ponderosa.’ It was purchased in 2006 because of its potential to grow just 3 feet tall and produce a 5-pound fruit.