Mesero lemon

Citrus limon L. Burm.f.

CRC 3892
PI 209862


Received as budwood from Spain, via Glen Dale & CCPP, 1955.


From unknown Spanish origin.

Rootstocks of accession

Citrus macrophylla

Season of ripeness at Riverside

Crop comes mainly in winter.

Notes and observations

This is NOT a seedling of an import even though planted in the Lindcove Nucellar block. Is original imported budline planted there for fruit evaluation.

11/13/1989, EMN: A market-type lemon.

Description from The Citrus Industry Vol. 1 (1967)

" Fruit spherical to oval; nipple comparatively small and sharp-pointed; moderately seedy.  Paler in color than Berna and rind smoother and thinner.  Also higher in juice and acid content.  Crop comes mainly in winter.

Tree exceptionally vigorous, attaining large size, very thorny, and highly productive.  Foliage density and leaf size greater than Berna.

This variety, of unknown Spanish origin, is said to be preferred by processors, but is much less extensively grown than Berna.  It should not be confused with the Primofiore of Italy which refers to fruit produced from the first or spring bloom. "


Not commercially available in California.


USDA Germplasm Resources Information Network page for Mesero lemon


Photos by David Karp and Toni Siebert, 4/8/2011, CVC.
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