Pink Lemon Trees Are the Trendy New Plant Your Garden Deserves
Little is more refreshing on a scorching summer day—well, besides jumping into a cool pool or opening the freezer door and feeling the rush of frigid air—than sipping a big, icy glass of lemonade. And little is prettier in the produce aisle than the surprisingly longstanding but newly trendy variegated pink lemons.
These lemons resemble a grapefruit in color once you slice them open. Discovered in a California backyard in the 1930s, variegated pink lemons are a mutation of the Eureka variety. In addition to the millennial pink-hued flesh that's rich in the antioxidant lycopene, they showcase a striped yellow and green rind. (Pro tip: You'll know the pink lemons are getting close to ripe when the green shade fades closer to the yellow as the fruit ripens.)
Pink lemon juice is actually clear, so don't expect it to change the color of your recipe—but do be sure to notice the lovely floral quality pink lemon juice adds. Just 0.5% of U.S. lemons are pink, 1% are mild and sweet Meyer lemons and the remaining 98% are tangy, acidic Eurekas.
In recent years, be it due to the trendiness of lemonade (thanks, Beyoncé!) or the increased interest in Instagramming our eats, these pretty pink lemons have been popping up at specialty farmers' markets, on restaurant menus and even at Trader Joe's.
Now, thanks to Terrain, an online garden shop, you can buy your own tree and have it delivered to your door.
Once it arrives at your door, you can either transplant it outside or grow it indoors in a terracotta or clay pot with well-drained soil. They thrive in warm climates, so if you live in a colder climate, you might want to keep your plant cozy inside and near light from a south or southwest-facing window.
Water once per week and prepare to grow a healthy crop of variegated pink lemons to use in everything from Whipped Frozen Lemonades to Vegan Lemon Cake to Basil Lemonade (we suggest adding a splash of vodka for the 21+ crowd).