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Old 12-05-2007, 08:38 AM   #1
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I have a grapefruit and lemon tree in my backyard. (We moved here Sep, 2006.) Is there a specific way to know if the fruit is ripe? It's cooled off quite a bit here and the lemons have all turned bright yellow.... The grapefruit look ripe....
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Old 12-05-2007, 09:25 AM   #2
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If the fruit is yellow, smells like citrus and is a firmish/soft then it's ripe. Of course, you can always just pick one and cut it open too. I used to tell mainly by feeling it.
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Yep, mostly by feel. It sounds like they're ripe to me. Cut one open and taste it.
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Thanks for confirming what I thought....I'll think of you all as I enjoy my lemonade and fresh grapefruit!
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Originally Posted by Yarnlady View Post
Thanks for confirming what I thought....I'll think of you all as I enjoy my lemonade and fresh grapefruit!
I don't have citrus at my house now, we have too much shade but I've had Meyer Lemons and Navel Oranges and Grapefruit in the past. At my old house there was a guy who had lemon trees and he would put out a bucket of lemons each year with "free" on it. A neighbor and I would go grab as many lemons as we could handle and make goodies with them and then share them with his family. I miss that guy, all I have now is a bumper crop of acorns, bleh!
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