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Zest lemon varieties are larger in size than the common lemons and have an elongated shape. They have bright yellow colored rinds with the occasional remnants of green. The medium-thick skin is frequently bumpy or knobby and may have vertical ridges running down the length of the fruit. Beneath the zest is a spongy, soft, white pith called albedo. In lemons, this is bitter and is usually removed before using.