Tesco pipless lemons

Tesco has begun stocking a new variety of guaranteed-seedless lemon.

The lemons, which come from a naturalmutation found in Australia and are now grown in South Africa and Spain, will 'put an end to chefs and mixologists having to retrieve fallen pips out of their cocktails, health drinks, pancakes, fish and salad dishes,' according to the supermarket.

“At last now customers will no longer have to spend extra time picking out the pips after squeezing lemon on a wonderful meal or drink,' said Tesco citrus buyer Emily Ridge. 'Seedless lemons were first trialled about 15 years ago but unfortunately until now they could never be guaranteed to be completely pip free.

“This new variety has been growing and maturing for many years and now is finally ready to hit supermarket shelves.”

The Jaffa Seedless Lemons are supplied to Tesco by AMT Fruit,and are being sold in 320 stores across the UK at £1.50 per pack of around four.

Tesco explained that new trees are produced by using buds from the seedless tree and grafting them onto suitable rootstock to create new trees. The variety has the potential to allow for year-round supply.