Southern California’s Lemon varieties consist of: Lisbon, Eureka and Meyer Lemons
Southern California’s Lemon varieties consist of: Lisbon, Eureka and Meyer Lemons.
Eureka Lemons make up the bulk of the lemon crops from California, Australia and Israel. They originally came from Sicily. More than likely this is what you will be buying in a Grocery Store. They have a small nipple on one end and are somewhat smaller compared to the other varieties.
Lisbon lemons are medium in size, a bit elliptical to oblong and the skin is smoother not as ribbed as the Eureka and the nipple is more prominent. As the name implies they were introduced from Portugal.
Both varieties came in the middle of the 1800’s. Eureka lemon was introduced around 1858 to California and the Lisbon lemon around 1849.
The Meyer lemons are the best lemons to grow in Southern California due to the large size of the tree. They have originated from China and have been in California since 1908.They generally grows up to 20 feet high. Flavor wise I think they are the best because they are a bit sweeter than the other varieties. Their color is a richer orange-yellow compared to the two other varieties.
We are so lucky to live in the greater Los Angeles area with such temperate climate that we can grow citrus in our back yard. So what kind of lemons do you grow in your back yard? Also which lemons do you prefer? Let me know.
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