The loss of the lemon tree


Food writer, broadcaster and author Caroline Hennessy has been focused on food and writing since editing Ireland’s first food website for RTÉ in 2000. Chair of the Irish Food Writers’ Guild, she established the award-winning Bibliocook: All About Food in 2005, is the author of two books about beer and food and has a column in the Irish Examiner in which she writes about small food producers and the ways in which they develop and maintain a sustainable local food system.

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2 Responses

  1. joe age 6 says:

    My Meyer lemon is potted and has some fruit which is yellow but hard.When should i pick it?

  2. Caroline says:

    Well, Joe-age-6, the best test of ripeness would be a gentle squeeze. If the lemon is hard then that means that it won’t have much juice or flavour. Meyer lemons are greenish when slightly immature and then they turn a rich yellow-orange when fully ripe. It sounds like your fruit still has some time to go before you pick it so wait until it starts looking more orangy and it feels softer – if you can!

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