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A lemon is a sour fruit produced by the lemon tree. It is a popular fruit throughout the Seven Kingdoms and beyond, and is used primarily for its juice, which has both culinary[1] and cleaning uses.[2]


Dorne provides many exotic products which are uncommon in the rest of the Seven Kingdoms, such as lemons.[3] Some lemon orchards in Dorne are watered by a spider's web of old canals.[4] In Meereen, there are lemon trees in the lower terrace of the Great Pyramid.[5]

Lemons have a strong citrus smell; the scent of lemons can trigger old memories. Dessert food made with lemons tends to be associated with comfort, so much so that Tyrion Lannister thinks of lemon pie sarcastically when considering a royal rescue from Daenerys Targaryen.[6] The interior of manses in Pentos are sometimes scented with lemon.[7]

Lemons can also feature in heraldry. The arms of House Dalt of Lemonwood are a purple field strewn with lemons.[8][9]


  • Chief ingredient of lemon cake[10]
  • Lemonwater to bathe in to erase odors[11][2]
  • Lemonwater can be used to freshen the breath[12]
  • Lemonsweet is a drink[4]
  • Lemon scent used in perfumes[13][14]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

Daenerys Targaryen thinks longingly of the house with the red door in Braavos, where she had a lemon tree outside her bedroom window.[7]

The interior of Khal Drogo manse is scented with lemon and spices.[7]

A Storm of Swords

Sansa Stark's love for lemon cakes is so well known that Varys informs the Tyrell party, who prepare the delicacy for her.[15]

At the Inn of the Kneeling Man, Anguy asks Sharna if they can eat duck with lemons. Sharna is annoyed, as it is impossible to grow lemon trees in the riverlands.[3]

A Feast for Crows

The air of the Water Gardens is sharp with the smell of lemons.[2]

Arriving in Sunspear, Prince Doran Martell's retinue is accosted by townspeople calling for vengeance for the Red Viper. The townsfolk pelt lemons at Prince Doran's litter. One of the guards is hit in the eye with a lemon.[2]

Ser Gerold Dayne drinks unsweetened lemonwater during the rendezvous at Shandystone.[4]

One of the midday meals served to Arianne Martell when she is imprisoned atop the Spear Tower is kid roasted with lemon and honey.[16]

At the Gates of the Moon, when Petyr Baelish tells Sansa Stark he has brought her a gift, she asks him if he has brought lemons, as she has promised young Lord Robert Arryn lemon cake.[10]

A Dance with Dragons

Aboard the Shy Maid, traveling along the Rhoyne, Ysilla cooks a pike on a brazier, squeezing a lemon over it as it sizzles.[17]

At the feast held for Ser Balon Swann in Sunspear, among the seven courses served is a soup made of eggs and lemons.[1]

In the House of Black and White, the kindly man gives Arya Stark a drink that is so tart, she compares it to biting into a lemon.[18]

Outside Meereen, Tyrion Lannister sarcastically thinks that after being rescued by Queen Daenerys Targaryen, she will bake him and his fellow slaves lemon pie.[6]

The Winds of Winter

This information has thus far been released in a sample chapter for The Winds of Winter, and might therefore not be in finalized form. Keep in mind that the content as described below is still subject to change.

Petyr Baelish acquires every lemon in the Vale for a twelve-foot-tall lemon cake in the shape of the Giant's Lance for the feast before a tourney to select the Brotherhood of Winged Knights, and promises Sansa Stark he will send away to Dorne for more.[19]


Lemons. Does this look like Dorne to you, you freckled fool? Why don't you pop out back to the lemon tree and pick us a bushel.[3]

Sharna, to Anguy

"His natural daughter?" Lady Sybell looked as if she had swallowed a lemon. "You want a Westerling to wed a bastard?"[20]