Pink Lemons Are a Real Thing (and They’re Perfect for Making Pink Lemonade)

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Millennial pink has taken over our sneakers, our nails and our Instagram feeds—it was only a matter of time until our food started turning pink, too. But unlike those artificially engineered pink pineapples that have been trending big-time, there’s one little-known fruit that naturally has a rosy hue: pink lemons.

They’re exactly the same color as pink grapefruit—but they’re not grapefruit. Nor are they a scary, genetically modified version of the regular lemons you’ve been turning into lemon water in the morning. Discovered growing on a wild lemon tree in California, pink lemons are rosy on the inside thanks to an antioxidant called lycopene (which also gives tomatoes their red hue). They’re naturally fabulous.

But their beauty is more than skin deep. They have hardly any seeds, so juicing one is easy, no straining necessary. You’ll get a bowl full of beautiful pale-blush juice that’s sweeter than regular lemon juice and begging to be made into pink lemonade. Or, better yet, rosé lemonade.

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From 2017 to 2019 Heath Goldman held the role of Food Editor covering food, booze and some recipe development, too. Tough job, eh?