Roses are red, lemons are… pink? In case you needed yet another millennial pink food trend to obsess over, we’ve spotted one that’s sure to pop up all over your Instagram feed. That’s right — we’re talking pink lemons, people.
The trendy citrus has been spotted at Trader Joe’s.
We suggest using these sweeter lemons to add an extra indulgent twist to classic lemon-centric desserts like lemon bars or frozen lemonade pie. The pink lemon’s floral hints could also add a tasty touch to this lemon lavender pie.
Easy! The pink lemon’s flesh contains a high concentration of lycopene, an antioxidant that gives many fruits and vegetables their red pigment. Pink grapefruit and tomatoes also get their ruby hues from lycopene.
Not in the mood for dessert? Try candying pink lemon slices for an eye-catching garnish for lemonade and cocktails.
Now, before you grab a few pink lemons to whip up a batch of pink lemonade, it’s important to note that while the flesh of these fruits is vibrantly pink, the juice runs clear. So, while you can make a decadent lemonade from pink lemon juice by sweetening it with agave or sugar, don’t be surprised when your drink isn’t pink.
Nowadays, citrus farmers and home gardeners alike can plant variegated pink lemon trees to grow bunches of this pink-fleshed fruit. Since this particular tree thrives in warm climates, it’s most commonly grown in Southern California.
In case you haven’t spotted ’em yet, here’s a quick rundown: on the outside, these pink beauties are yellow and green striped, similar to a watermelon. Cut one open and you’ll find a bright, blush-colored flesh that nearly resembles a pink grapefruit.
Also known as the “variegated pink lemon” or the “variegated Eureka lemon” due to its splotchy, colorful foliage, this unique citrus was discovered in 1930 in Burbank, California. Believe it or not, citrus growers at the time weren’t trying to cultivate pink lemons — in actuality, these lush citrus fruits were a result of a spontaneous mutation on a Eureka lemon tree.
Yes, they're real! Here's everything you need to know about this trendy, pink-hued citrus fruit.