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Pam Peirce

Hi Rebekah, I don't think there is any reason not to use the juice of the lemon that mites have infested. They attack the flower, causing the ovary to develop poorly. There probably aren't very many actual mites in the mature lemon, since they don't lile the big, tough lemon as well as the tender flower. If there were any, they'd be in crevices in the peel, not the juice, so you might not want to use the peel in cooking. In any case, I don't think the mites would be harmful to eat. There is only the "yuck" factor to consider.


Hi all-

My lemons started looking a lot like this picture..........some are normal and some look so weird! this is the first year it has happened.....

That being said, are they still OK to use when they ripen, or should I just cut them off and focus on the 'normal' looking fruit? Does anyone know that answer? I would greatly appreciate some info......



wow indeed! Can't believe that Citrus bud mite can create such problems in flower buds.
I too believe that SF Chronicle should have published this one. It would be helpful in controlling this pest problem.

Thanks for sharing.

Kathryn Fairchild

In the print copy of this article you refer to another column written 2/15 about the rat gnawing problem. Can you direct me to that post because I missed it in the paper and can't find it on my own on your blog? I believe that must be what is causing our lemon trees to look "pruned", and I'd like to know what you wrote about it. We live on a canyon in Belmont. Thank you.

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