Lemons

Lemons

You can find lemon trees in our lemon orchard at Green Olive at Red Hill.

 

Interesting Facts about Lemons

Lemons are a citrus fruit native to North eastern India that have been found to be a hybrid of citron and bitter orange. While lemon trees have been used throughout history, they were only cultivated on a large scale in the 15th century. Lemon seeds were brought to America by Christopher Columbus where lemon trees were primarily used for medicinal purposes. Lemons were introduced into Australia with the arrival of the First Feet in 1787 who planted a variety of citrus species including lemons, limes, oranges, grapefruit and mandarins.

The main two varieties of lemon that we grow in our lemon grove are Eureka and Lisbon. The Eureka is the most commercial variety of lemon and are the ones you will most often find in supermarkets around the world. Its commercial success is due to fact that Eureka lemon trees produce fruit all year long (it’s sometimes even called the ‘Four Seasons’ because of this) and they produce much more than other varieties of lemon. Lisbon lemon trees are similar to Eureka trees but often grow taller than Eureka trees and can survive a wider range of temperatures than Eureka trees, making them the perfect lemon variety to grow on the Mornington Peninsula which can see chilly winters and hot summers. We also have a few Meyer lemon trees which produce slightly sweeter, orange-yellow fruit that is thinner-skinned than eureka lemons.
 

Our Lemon Products

 

Culinary Uses of Lemons

We use our freshly picked lemons in so many of our farm tapas dishes as it is such a versatile fruit that adds a lovely acidity to any dish. You can taste the lemons from our lemon grove seasonally in our lemon syrup cake, lemon marmalade and preserved lemons. Check out our recipe for a delicious lemon meringue cheesecake recipe:

 

Lemon Meringue Cheesecake Recipe