Gigantic Lemons!

There’s always something new around here. When we went to the new spot on the river, we passed a tree that was dropping big yellow citrus fruits on the ground.  They were bigger than grapefruit. I thought maybe they were pomelos, but they didn’t quite look like that either. But, we figured we take one home, open it, and see what was inside.

The neighbors, seeing what we had, informed us that they were lemons, a variety with a sweet skin that you can also eat. I took the fruit home, cut it open, and was greeted with a beautiful lemon smell. When given lemons what do you do? Lemonade, of course! These made a wonderfully refreshing and slightly tart lemonade that I really love. The skin is also quite edible. I wouldn’t call it sweet but there is none of the bitterness usually found in citrus skin.

I have saved some seeds so maybe I can get some to grow. I really like these lemons and wouldn’t mind a tree of my own. The closest thing I can find on line is the Ponderosa lemon, though of course if it is the same variety it has a different Spanish name here. Nothing I found about the ponderosa though said the skin is edible, and it doesn’t look quite the same. It would be nice if it is though because they supposedly fruit all year.

About Kris Cunningham

We live in David, Chiriqui Provence, Republic of Panama! This blog is about some of our experiences in our new country.
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11 Responses to Gigantic Lemons!

  1. 5sOnTheFly says:

    We had our own lemon windfall in Mulegé, Mexico a few months ago. On our morning walk as a family we noticed two huge boxes of fresh lemons by the side of someone’s home. We each filled our pockets and made some pretty memorable lemonade. Not sure what kind of variety they were, but they sure hit the spot 🙂


  2. Carole says:

    Whenever we get to retire there, I would also love to grow one of those trees. Nothing is as good as fresh lemonade. You are so lucky to find places like that to explore.


    • There seems to be many varieties of “limons” here. We have two trees of smaller bumpy green fruits that I believe are related to the mandarin orange, very juicy and great for anything that needs lemon. There are little ones that look like limes too. There are also varieties of oranges, and grapefruit, so no shortage of citrus options around here. When do you think you’ll be able to make the move here? I hope you will be as happy here as we are!


      • Carole says:

        Hello Kris, We plan on moving possibly by next year. We are doing a return trip in June and staying in David for around 10 days, not sure yet how long. We liked Boquete but would like to see some houses in David. It would be nice if we could meet with you while we are there. There is a decline in businesses in St Croix and we might close our shop in June if it doesn’t pick up. This would give us a yr to get rid of our stuff.


  3. Jerry says:

    I can’t even think of the right word —– this one comes closest “WOW” — see yall in June 😉


  4. Jerry says:

    Please save us a few seeds :). I can just see us growing grapefruit sized lemons.


  5. Bob Catherine says:

    Thanks Kris for the delightful photo reviews of Panama. Are you still planning to update the ‘Cost of Living” section of your blog? Many of us find this information invaluable when attempting to plan a possible future move.


    • I believe my husband is tracking expenses this month so there will be a post coming. There was an increase in the minimum wage which is having an effect on some prices but in general, nothing greatly different from our usual costs.


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