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What causes the yellow color present in the skin of a lemon?

Question #130422. Asked by austinnene.
Last updated Apr 09 2013.
Originally posted Apr 09 2013 12:12 PM.

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Lemons turn yellow as they ripen; however, if the lemons turn yellow before ripening and the foliage of the tree also turns yellow this may be indicative of disease:


Apr 09 2013, 12:18 PM
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Lemons are green initially due the presence of chlorophyll pigment in their skin. Gradually they turn yellow as they mature. This is due to the production of xanthophyll and carotene pigments in the lemon skin.



Apr 09 2013, 12:54 PM
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