Lemons have several health benefits and make a delicious addition to most dishes and beverages. To find the best lemons on the tree or in the store there are a few guidelines to help consumers identify the juiciest and ripest lemons.

Colour: A ripe lemon is bright yellow and any green indicates that it is immature fruit.

Size: Just because a lemon is big does not mean it has more juice than a smaller one. However, the fruit’s weight indicates the amount of juice. Weighing a few lemons in the palm of your hand, you will find some are heavier than others.

Texture: Softer lemons that you can squeeze a little have more juice, because they have a smaller amount of pith beneath the skin. Thus a thinner skin means there should be more juice content in the citrus. –Ursula Human, Farm fare

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