People grow 2.6kg lemon in Western Australia
That's a lot of vitamin C
Lemons are a versatile fruit. You can have it in a tart, sorbet, and even squeeze it onto your fish and chips. The humble lemon is a rich source of vitamin C and has many health benefits.
A pair of gardeners in East Fremantle, Western Australia have grown a monster lemon weighing in at 2.6kg. The citrus fruit in question is a ponderosa lemon and is about the same size as a forearm.
The lemon was eventually given to Melissa Palinkas, executive chef and owner of Ethos Deli and Dining Room. She says that it has been used in a salad and also says it could be peeled for a refreshing limoncello.
Credit: Melissa Palinkas
In an Instagram post showing off the gigantic fruit, Ms Palinkas said: "So I googled giant lemon, it turns out it's a Ponderosa lemon originating from Amalfi. Much like a Cedro lemon I have used before. No juice but some amazing lemon citrusy pearls, much like a finger lime opponent bursts of citrus. So the pith is sweet, not bitter.
Today I scooped and segmented the pearls and shaved the skin and pith, for a salad I made with green olives, lots of chives and dill, zucchini and our burnt lemon dressing with lemon oil."
Whatever you might think is a good use for this lemon, it's a relief to know that it's in safe hands. Although a wedge of it might look nice in a glass of James May's Gin...