The science of juicing lemons

September 11, 2008 at 7:48 pm (cooking, fruit)

Here’s a video of an experiment about juicing lemons. They juiced a lemon that had been cut crosswise and one that had been cut lengthwise.  The lemon cut lengthwise yielded almost three times as much juice.  I would have liked to see experiment repeated with multiple lemons, different people, different juicing methods, etc. before I’d accept the results as conclusive.  But I’ll probably start cutting my lemons lengthwise to juice them.

But here’s the really interesting question.  At least in my mind.  Why do you get more juice when you cut it lengthwise?  And how would you test whatever hypothesis you come up with?  Maybe McGee has something to say about that, but my copy is all packed up and ready to be loaded into a storage/moving cube tomorrow!

And apparently having the citrus at room temperature is also good.

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1 Comment

  1. Simona said,

    Thanks for the reference! I’ll try that too.

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