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What would cause a fresh, tree-ripened lemon to lose it's flavor? Answered

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A friend recently gifted me with a dozen beautiful lemons, picked right from his trees.  I juiced a couple and got nearly 1/2 cup from each lemon but the juice tastes almost nothing like lemons.  The flavor is remotely citrus but not at all what a lemon is supposed to taste like.

What would cause this? Does anyone know?

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bajablue (author)2013-05-13

Thank you for taking the time to explain this!

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Josehf Murchison (author)2013-04-27

It also could be to ripe most citrus fruit is picked green and ripens in transit. I found this out working as a truck driver and picking up fruit in Florida and driving it back to Canada.

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The transit of the lemons was only about 2 hours, but thanks for sharing that info, Josehf.

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Its not the transit it's the tree or vine ripened it changes the flavor from what we are accustomed too. I eat a lot of wild food and vine ripened is different.

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These lemons were definitely vine-ripened and freshly picked.

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Burf (author)2013-04-28

Using a nitrate based fertilizer on a lemon tree after it has begun flowering will often produce tasteless, thick skinned fruit.

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bajablue (author)Burf2013-05-01

Thanks for that info, Burf!

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Vyger (author)2013-04-30

Wow, life gave you lemons and you managed to mess them up. Are you a politician by any chance? Well, to be fair, they did come to you already broke.

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mole1 (author)2013-04-27

It could be the variety of lemon. Has the tree ever had good flavored fruit? I believe that like apples, most commercial trees are not grown from seed, they are grafted onto 'root stock' . Root stock may or may not produce flavorful fruit. If a branch grows from below the graft, the fruit can be very different than that from above the graft. Or if it was grown from seed, the fruit may not taste very good.

If the tree normally has great tasting fruit, could it have been frozen? Freezing tends to destroy the flavor of citrus.

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bajablue (author)mole12013-04-27

Interesting, mole1. The grove is in central Baja California and I've never tasted lemons from it before. I'll need to ask my friend about that.

No chance of the fruit freezing.

I wonder if the cause might be a nutrition deficiency?

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