Gardners grow 2.6kg of monster lemon in East Fremantle, Western Australia

Chef gets an incredible ‘monster’ lemon as long as a FOREARM by a couple who grew it in their backyard – reveals the recipe she followed to use all 2.6 pounds of it

  • Western Australian horticulturists have grown a mega lemon weighing 2.6 kg
  • East Fremantle locals gave the ponderosa lemon to Perth chef Melissa Palinkas
  • Mrs. Palinkas used the monster citrus in a salad and peeled it for fresh limoncello


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Smart green fingers have taken gardening to new heights after growing a forearm-sized lemon in their own backyard.

Chef Melissa Palinkas excitedly shared an image of the monster citrus fruit Instagram last week she broke the 2.6kg ponderosa lemon next to a regular lemon, almost as long as her forearm.

Ms Palinkas, who lives in Western Australia, told the Daily Mail Australia that the unusual mega lemon was grown in June by a local couple from East Fremantle.

Chef Melissa Palinkas shared the monster lemon (pictured) on her Instagram last week after locals brought the citrus to her restaurant in Fremantle, Western Australia.

Chef Melissa Palinkas shared the monster lemon (pictured) on her Instagram last week after locals brought the citrus to her restaurant in Fremantle, Western Australia.

“It grows seasonally with a winter yield,” she said.

Intrigued by its sheer size, Ms Palinkas, who prides herself on sustainable products, said she used the lemon in a salad after finding it unsuitable for juicing.

“It’s sweet, so I shaved it and made a ponderosa lemon salad with zucchini and green olives with a burnt lemon dressing,” she said.

“The middle part looks a lot like Australia’s native finger lime, pearls bursting with juice that I sprinkle on top.”

Mrs. Palinkas described the pith, the pulp of the lemon, as sweet without bitterness and peeled a second ponderosa to brew some fresh limoncello – a popular Italian lemon liqueur.

The ponderosa is a hybrid between a lemon and a regular lemon.

Mrs. Palinkas used the lemon for a salad and limoncello served at the Ethos Deli & Dining Room restaurant in Perth

Mrs. Palinkas used the lemon for a salad and limoncello served at the Ethos Deli & Dining Room restaurant in Perth

Mrs. Palinkas used the lemon for a salad and limoncello served at the Ethos Deli & Dining Room restaurant in Perth

Although not grown commercially, it is grown by gardeners for decorative purposes, but can be used as a substitute for lemons in jams, pies and other recipes.

Chef Melissa Palinkas owns Young George Bar & Kitchen and Ethos Deli & Dining Room in Perth.

Known for her ‘inventive’ and ‘fun’ menu, she prides herself on running a sustainable kitchen that uses a ‘nose to tail’ or ‘root-to-shoot’ approach to minimize waste.

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