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Locals Grow 2.6kg Monster Lemon In West Australia

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Locals Grow 2.6kg Monster Lemon In West Australia

A pair of gardeners have grown a monster ponderosa lemon weighing in at 2.6kg and measuring the same size as a forearm.

The couple, from East Fremantle, Western Australia, gave the citrus fruit away to a local chef which makes sense - how much could two people possibly do with a lemon that big?

Melissa Palinkas, executive chef and owner of Ethos Deli and Dining Room, was the lucky recipient of the lemon and has used it in a salad and also says it could be peeled for fresh limoncello. Now she's talking.

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Taking to Instagram to update her followers on what exactly she did with the fruit, Ms Palinkas wrote: "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."

In all it's glory next to the bog-standard lemon. Credit: Instagram/melisspalinkas
In all it's glory next to the bog-standard lemon. Credit: Instagram/melisspalinkas
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She went on to add: "So there you have it, mystery solved about the big lemon. It's not bitter, it's sour and sweet, shaved it's beautiful and can be eaten in a salad. If you wanted to peel the skin and make lemoncello you can but the pith is where it's at."

Speaking to the Daily Mail Australia, Ms Palinkas said: "It grows seasonally with a winter yield.

"It is sweet, so I shaved it and made a ponderosa lemon salad with zucchini and green olives with a burnt lemon dressing. The middle part is much like Australia's native finger lime, pearls that burst with juice inside which I sprinkled over the top."

Commenting on Ms Palinkas' post, one person wrote admiringly: "Its a vibe, I've heard of them floating around Italian circles, old gents just peeling off the pith and eating as is over a couple of bevvies."

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Another added: "Wow! It sure does look amazing. I'm glad it tastes great as well! A multi-talented lemon!"

Featured Image Credit: Instagram/@melisspalinkas

Topics: Food, Community

Rebecca Shepherd
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