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How Much Juice Is in Citrus Fruits

If you're using a recipe that calls for a certain amount of fresh citrus juice, you may be wondering how many fruits you actually need. The number could depend on the individual fruit, because some are more or less juicy than others. Additionally, the amount of juice in a single citrus fruit may vary depending on where you're purchasing it and the season you're in. That being said, there are some general numbers we can use for how much juice is in a single lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, or other citrus fruit.

How Much Juice Is in One Lemon?

Juicing a lemon with a hand juicer

Lemons are commonly used in a variety of recipes, so knowing how much juice is in a lemon is essential.

On average, there are 3 tablespoons of juice in one lemon. So, for a cup of fresh lemon juice, you would need 5 and a quarter lemons. But, because some lemons are less juicy than others, it's safe to say you'd need 5 and a half lemons for a cup of lemon juice.

Typically, a pound of lemons is around 4 or 5 fruits, so a pound of lemons would yield between 12-15 tablespoons or 3/4 cup to 1 cup of lemon juice.

How Much Juice Is in One Lime?

Whether you're using limes to make fresh guacamole or margaritas, knowing the amount of juice in one lime is important.

An average lime has 2 tablespoons of juice in it. To make a cup of fresh lime juice, you would need 8 limes.

In a pound of limes, there are usually 4-5 limes, which means that a pound of limes has between 8 and 10 tablespoons or 1/2 to 2/3 cups of fresh lime juice.

How Much Juice Is in One Orange?

If you're looking to make freshly squeezed orange juice or use orange juice in a marinade, here's how to figure out how many oranges you need.

There is between 4 and 5 tablespoons or 1/4 to 1/3 cup of juice in one orange. As a result, to make one cup of fresh orange juice, you'd need three oranges. It's important to note, though, that this amount is for common oranges. Different varieties of orange, such as Valencia, navel, mandarin, or blood oranges will produce different quantities of juice.

A pound of oranges typically equals two medium-sized fruits, which would equal 8 to 10 tablespoons of fresh orange juice.

How Much Juice Is in One Grapefruit?

Grapefruits are one of the largest and juiciest citrus fruits, and they can be used in a number of ways.

A standard grapefruit has roughly 12 tablespoons or 3/4 cup of juice.

A pound of grapefruits is roughly one and a half or two fruits, which would give you around 1 and 1/2 cups of fresh juice.

How Much Juice Is in Citrus Fruits?

For ease of use, here's a table that explains how many fruits you need for common quantities.

1 Fruit 1 Tbsp 1/4 Cup 1/2 Cup 3/4 Cup 1 Cup
Lemon 3 Tbsp 1/3 Lemon 1 and 1/4 Lemons 2 and 1/2 Lemons 4 Lemons 5 and 1/3 Lemons
Lime 2 Tbsp 1/2 Lime 2 Limes 4 Limes 6 Limes 8 Limes
Orange 4 Tbsp 1/4 Orange 1 Orange 2 Oranges 3 Oranges 4 Oranges
Grapefruit 12 Tbsp 1/12 Grapefruit 1/3 Grapefruit 2/3 Grapefruit 1 Grapefruit 1 and 1/4 Grapefruit

Tips for Juicing Citrus Fruits

Using a manual juicer in a commercial kitchen

The amount of juice in one citrus fruit will depend on the fruit itself, but there are some tactics you can use to get the most juice out of each fruit. Here are a few simple tips you should keep in mind:

  1. Use a hand juicer or citrus squeezer instead of your hands.
  2. Microwave your fruit for 10 seconds before juicing it. Microwaving the fruit helps break down the membranes that hold the juice.
  3. Firmly roll the fruit on your countertops before cutting it in half to further break down the fruit's membranes.
  4. If you're planning on juicing fruits regularly, it is worth it to upgrade to a manual juicer.

Knowing how much juice on average is in one lemon, lime, orange, or grapefruit can come in handy, especially when using a recipe that requires fresh fruit juice.

Posted in: Kitchen & Cooking Tips | By Richard Traylor
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