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 Post subject: The Great Lemon Puzzlement.
New postPosted: November 6th, 2017, 11:57 am 
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Here's the thing. I go to one of my local supermarkets and buy two lemons. At home I wash them off, and then cut each into six crescents. The crescents go into a lidded container in the fridge, to be squeezed into tea, over fish, over melon, etc.

The problem. The pieces of one lemon are totally without seeds - not a single seed to get stuck in a straw, get into your mouth, or need to be picked out. The other lemon is awash with seeds - three to six seeds per crescent, and more.

The question. Both of these lemons came out of the same "bin" at the store and had the same little number code cashier label. Both were ripe and bright yellow. How can you tell which lemon has seeds and which does not?


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 Post subject: Re: The Great Lemon Puzzlement.
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I don't think I've ever seen a seedless lemon. No clear answer here.


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 Post subject: Re: The Great Lemon Puzzlement.
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Here you are Lee. Four of the crescents from the seedless lemon. Seedless is so convenient. The other two pieces of the six were squeezed into my morning tea - no seeds in those pieces either.


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 Post subject: Re: The Great Lemon Puzzlement.
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In my 40 years in the biz I have helped quarter hundreds of cases of lemons. The ones without seeds are not that rare. The growers try for one to three seed per lemon at best. Actually the ones that have a lot of seeds are not that common in my experience. I should note that I only bought the best available lemons with no blemishes. That might explain the dearth of seeds but how they could tell is beyond me. I always wondered why limes had no seeds compared to lemons.


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Clearly the seedless citrus cannot reproduce sexually (if I can say that in our G-rated fambly forum), so the growers graft branches that grow seedless fruit onto a rootstock selected for hardiness, resistance to disease, etc.

Odds are that most fruit will be seedless, but human error and random chance insert themselves into the mix of truly seedless, mostly seedless, and ordinary seeded fruit on the trees. It would be very labor intensive to sample and cull enough seedy branches to reach perfection, and not at all cost effective.

And then the packing process is subject to human error, too.

That's my best semi-educated guess at your answer, Awt.


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 Post subject: Re: The Great Lemon Puzzlement.
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Really!!!

AT HOME:
A seed or two does not bother me
But I do wash them throughly
... And slice them with a clean knife.

IN A RESTAURANT or IN A BAR/CLUB:
For thirty years I have boycotted lemons!!!

Play this video and you'll do the same:

http://youtu.be/qeye8wnBJoU

aboy

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Sharkys Pal wrote:
Here you are Lee. Four of the crescents from the seedless lemon. Seedless is so convenient. The other two pieces of the six were squeezed into my morning tea - no seeds in those pieces either.


impressive. looks like a lime. maybe it slightly different varieties and having always lived in the Midwest, wherever they are getting shipped to for us is something that makes a difference.

I was taught years ago that the smoother the skin, the riper they are and juicier. I've found that to be pretty true.


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