How to Harvest & Store Lemons

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Harvest lemons when they reach the brightest color of yellow, and store them in the refrigerator for up to three months. Juice lemons to store just the juice for several months with advice from a sustainable gardener in this free video on gardening. View Video Transcript

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Yolanda Vanveen

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Hi, this is Yolanda VanVeen and in this segment we're going to talk about how to harvest and store lemons. Lemons are such a delight, and there's so many ways that you could use lemons. And they're such a substantial to the world, because wherever man has gone, they've brought lemons with them. So, how do you know when the lemon is ready to harvest? Well, a good rule of thumb that I have found is, when you've got a lemon bush, it's very prickly. You don't want to get cut with the prickly part, because you can actually get infections very easily, 'cause it's very poisonous, but the fruit itself is very nutritious. And so, when they're ready,it's usually to point where they've gotten the brightest yellow that they can get. They'll start off kind of a soft yellow, and they'll get more yellow and more yellow until they get a really bright yellow. And then at that point, they're ready to harvest. And you want to make sure that they're still firm and not mushy, 'cause if you wait too long, they'll start to rot, too, and you don't want 'em to be at that stage, either. And so you can either cut 'em off or pull 'em right off. Or what I do is hold part of the shrub, or the lemon tree, and then just pull it off so that you're not breaking any of the branches, because they do break easily if you just try to pull 'em out. They kind of hold on. And so once you've cut out or pulled out your lemons, then they'll store really well. And you can keep them right in the refrigerator for up to a month, two months, even three months if you keep 'em moist enough. And so, they'll store really well that way. You can always keep 'em in a basement, or a cellar, or anywhere that you can keep apples or oranges in the same types of conditions. And what you can also do is freeze them. So you can actually peel them off, and then freeze them solid as they are, too, and that way you can use the juice for the next winter and anytime you want. Or you can just save the juice, as well. But lemons are such a versatile fruit that is a must in your garden.