HOME cooks and bakers will be cheering for joy today as guaranteed seedless lemons hit supermarket shelves for the first time.
They’re one of the most commonly used fruits in the kitchen, but now foodies will no longer have to worry about the pesky little pips when doing the squeezing.
From today, Tesco will sell a new variety of guaranteed seedless lemon that will put an end to chefs and mixologists having to retrieve pips from health drinks, pancakes, fish and salad dishes, and cocktails.
The variety comes from a chance discovery of a natural mutation, rather than from cross-breeding or genetic modification by boffins.
Tesco citrus buyer Emily Ridge said: “At last, customers will no longer have to spend extra time picking out the pips after squeezing lemon on a wonderful meal or drink.
“Seedless lemons were first trialled about 15 years ago, but until now, they couldn’t be guaranteed to be completely pip free.”
The variety was first found in Australia and is now being successfully grown in South Africa and Spain, meaning there should be year-round supplies for the UK.
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