How to Harvest & Store Lemons

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Harvesting and storing lemons is as simple as cutting them open, squeezing the juice out and putting them in a freezer in some sort of container. Put a lemon in a refrigerator to store it for 30 days with help from the owner of a plant nursery in this... View Video Transcript

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Richard Skinner

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If you were visiting aunt Martha Sue down there in Florida and you went out in her backyard and there was a lemon tree that was just absolutely loaded and you thought, How can I get a lot of these lemons, because she'll give them to me, and take them home and store them? Well, I'm going to tell you how you can do that. This is Richard Skinner. I'm the owner of Hawkins Corner Nursery in Plant City Florida and this is my favorite lemon tree. And on this lemon tree, in fact this is the old original Florida rough lemon, o.k. And it's rough because well, if I can get my camera man to get a close up of it, you'll see it's got all kind of little warts on it. Once you take the lemon from the tree, the maturing of the juice and the fruits ceases immediately. So what you need to do is to keep this cool for as long as possible. When I say cool, somewhere between thirty five and forty five degrees. Because lemons have a high citric acid content, that's what makes them tart like a lemon, they will give you a little longer shelf life than other citrus will. But still there comes a point in time when you still got a dozen, two dozen lemons left and they're getting a little bit towards that month stage. Well, cut them open, squeeze all of the juice out, put it in some sort of a container, put it in your freezer. It's good from now on basically as long as it's frozen. Otherwise, put it in your refrigerator and you'll get another thirty days out of it. So that's the way you can store lemons once you've harvested them. I'm Richard Skinner. You're at Hawkins Corner Nursery in Plant City Florida and this is our original Florida rough lemon.