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The Meyer Lemon Story

By: Felix Buccellato
Posted: February 24, 2012, from the March 2012 issue of P&F magazine.

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Meyer lemon (Citrus x meyeri) is a hybrid citrus fruit native to China. It is not immediately clear what Meyer lemon’s hybrid pairs were. The literature is vague at best, claiming a lemon/orange hybrid or lemon/mandarin hybrid. The Meyer lemon came into the United States from China in 1908. Therefore, the origin predates that, presumably in China. It is unclear if the plant originated in China as a natural hybrid found by a plant enthusiast or if it resulted from a deliberate cross by a plant breeder. The US version of Meyer remains the same as the original introduction other than the removal of viruses.

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