What Is A Meyer Lemon?


What Is A Meyer Lemon? There are many different types of lemons, but Meyer lemons are quite different. Learn all about what makes them so special and how you can tell what kind it is!

Did you know that there are different types of lemons? Some kinds are sweeter while others are very sour in comparison. The Meyer lemon specifically is thought to be a hybrid between a mandarin or orange and a lemon.


Meyer lemons were introduced to the United States in 1908 by a man named Frank Meyer. He worked for the USDA as a plant explorer and discovered the hybrid tree, now named after him, growing on a patio of a home in Beijing.

Where They Are Grown

These special lemons are grown commercially today in California, Texas and Florida. They are cultivated in lemon groves and shipped to stores from there. Meyer lemons specifically are a challenge to ship a great distance. Because of this, it can be difficult to find them very far from where they are grown.

What Makes Meyer Lemons So Special

These types of lemons are quite special because they have a very unique flavor that is different from normal lemons. Meyer lemons have a complex flavor that comes from the mandarin portion of their lineage. Being a hybrid with mandarin/oranges gives them a slightly sweet flavor, that other lemons do not possess. Because these lemons are so unique, and difficult to obtain, they are also more costly to buy.

Meyer Lemons vs Regular Lemons

In order to help you further understand the difference between Meyer lemons and regular lemons we are going to do a comparison below. This will help you to see why Meyer lemons are enjoyed down to the last morsel available.

Meyer Lemons

These lemons are smaller and rounder than normal lemons.
They have a smooth skin that is slightly darker in color.
When cut open the pulp is a darker yellow color.
Meyer lemons are moderately acidic, but they are slightly sweet at the same time. So much so that some people will eat a slice of these lemons.
These lemon rinds even smell different than regular lemons. These Meyer lemons tend to have a more complex smell which is difficult to describe.
Meyer lemons have a shorter timeframe that they are available. If you are able to find them, they are only available December through May.

Regular Lemons

Common lemons are larger in size and have a bit of texture to the skin.
They are generally a bright to light yellow in color.
When you cut a regular lemon open it has a light yellow pulp.
Normal lemons are highly acidic and the average person would not just pick up a slice of lemon to eat it plain. If you try it, the flavor will make your mouth pucker.
Regular lemons are readily available in your local grocery store all year long.

There is a reason why Meyer lemons are known to be finger licking good! So What Is A Meyer Lemon? It is a hybrid between a lemon and a mandarin/orange. Although this kind of lemon is difficult to obtain, if you find one, give it a try! Meyer lemons are sure winners!

Have you ever tired a Meyer Lemon?

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