Much more colorful and interesting than its yellow mainland cousin, the variegated Eureka pink lemon from Hilo is a delightful find in the citrus department. It has a yellow and green striped rind, and best of all, its flesh is pink — imagine a slice of these colors floating in a tall glass of ice water. Imagine, too, real pink lemonade!
This lemon is being grown at OK Farm near downtown Hilo where a 300-tree orchard is yielding a good harvest that should last through summer and beyond.
Ed Olson and Troy Keolanui are partners on this farm, which is producing a variety of fruits, coffee, hearts of palm and macadamia nuts on 500 acres. Look for this lemon in the produce section of supermarkets.
The variegated Eureka pink lemon is also known for its variegated leaves, making this a lovely citrus tree.
The lemon is tart — a good squeeze over your morning papaya or piece of grilled fish will be pronounced. Use it as you would other lemons in sauces, salad dressings, desserts and all-around cooking. And be sure to make a pitcher of real, pink, locally grown lemonade.
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