I have had lemons on my Meyer's lemon for the last three years and I
find that when they look like the ones I buy in the store they are ripe.
That is they are fully yellow. The great thing about them is that
when they are tree ripened unlike the ones in the store, they have a
great sweet taste as well as the tangy lemoney taste. You can almost
eat them like an orange if you like very tart tasting fruit.
Bill Moats wrote:
I had an old experienced commercial gardener tell me that lemons were
ripe whenever you choose to pick them. They never truely ripen. A
lemon is sour. It is sour when it is yellow and it is sour when it is
green. One of the other posters indicated that the Meyer lemon does
sweeten a bit, but they never get really sweet. You can wait too long
until the lemon starts to dry out on the inside.
A local radio expert nurseryman/horticulturist (SF Bay Area 560AM)
provided the answer that you can always just watch the stem to the
base of the lemon, when it begins to turn from green to darker color
the lemon has reached it's peak of maturity (ripe & ready for tea)!
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