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Golden Eureka Lemons
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Golden Eureka lemons have a traditional lemon shape, yet have an orange-hued skin. They share the same oblong shape, short neck and prominent mamilla opposite the stem end as the original eureka lemon. The rind is medium-thick and often has an orange-red blush. The orange-colored flesh is relatively seedless, very juicy, tart and extremely acidic. Heavier fruits will contain more juice.
Golden Eureka lemons are available summer into winter.
Golden Eurekas are a new and relatively rare variety of the more common Eureka lemon (Citrus limon 'Eureka'). Eureka lemons are one of two varieties considered to be "true lemons" versus hybrids or natural mutations. They are the most widely produced lemon variety globally. Golden Eureka lemons are not likely found outside of California. In 2005, there was only one tree remaining in Ventura County, California.
Eureka lemons are very high in vitamin C, which protects against various diseases and contributes to a strong immune system. Along with the antioxidant benefits of vitamin C, Golden Eureka lemons also contain phytochemical flavonoids giving it a greater antioxidant boost. They also contain good amounts of B-complex vitamins, like folate, as well as minerals like calcium, iron, copper, and potassium.
Lemons are very versatile, and can be used for all sorts of applications. They can be substituted for other lemon varieties in many sweet and savory recipes. The distinctive look of Golden Eureka lemons make for unique garnishes and fruit displays. Juice Golden Eureka lemons to accompany seafood, poultry, steamed vegetables, salads, or desserts. The zest can be used for making marmalade, in baked goods, candied or used fresh as a garnish for desserts. Lemons are easiest to juice at room temperature. They can be stored at ambient temperature for up to a week. Store in the refrigerator for up to 4 weeks.
Lemons have a wide range of applications outside of the kitchen. They can also be used medicinally to relieve sore throats or to treat colds. The acidic juice is used topically to clean hands, lighten hair, and freshen skin.
Golden Eurekas were a chance discovery, first occurring as a mutation of common Eureka lemons in a California commercial grove in 1995. At one time there were seven acres of the golden-hued citrus growing in Ventura County, California. Common Eurekas were bred in California in the 1850s, from seeds brought over from Sicily. All true lemons came from China and India about 2,500 years ago.