I was grating lemon rind for a lemon cake and noticed that it left a sort of sticky film on my hand. Is this normal or does it suggest that the lemon was not fresh?

My other question was about whether or not the lemon I used was spoiled, so perhaps the stickiness caused by the lemon was due to this.


Limonene, a major component of lemon oil, is not very water soluble, and will leave a sticky residue on your hands til you wash with soap and water.

  • Is this why lemons seem to feel stickier after I use Veggie Wash on them? – shadowtalker Jun 23 '15 at 15:32
  • Could be. Stores often spray fruit en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fruit_waxing with a solid wax. You take that barrier off and the liquid limonene can ooze right out onto your hands. – Wayfaring Stranger Jun 23 '15 at 16:22

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