Sunday, February 22, 2009

Oh me oh Meyer

My mother has the most amazing Meyer lemon tree in the backyard of her Florida panhandle home. Meyer lemons are like no other with their silky smooth skin and sweet disposition. They make just about anything taste better and of course make the best lemonade you have ever tasted. Funny how they ripen in the middle of winter, not summer like you would think. This reminds me of a funny story my mom told me about her next door neighbors... a few summers ago the little lemons were starting to show their faces in the form of small green fruit. Upon returning from a few months up north, the neighbors told my mom their "lime" tree made the best margaritas they ever had. We all still crack up about that.

Colder than normal temperatures have done a number on my mom's lemon tree and just about all (a few hundred) of her lemons had brown spots. She was able to salvage the juices, not sure if the weather tainted the sweet juice or not, guess we'll just have to wait and see.

I was reading one of my new favorite blogs Cannelle et vanille and came across these astonishing pictures from Aran. She too lives in Florida and has captured the spirit of the Meyer Lemon like no other. To read the full post and get her recipes for these lovely treats, click here.

Over the holidays I had a request to do some custom gift tags for someone who was giving jarred Meyer Lemons as gifts. She had them packed in kosher salt and olive oil to use in savory instead of sweet recipes. Click here to see the recipes they offered on their blog to the lucky recipients of these little gems.

If you are lucky enough to come across a nice batch of Meyer lemons and want an easy recipe for preserving them to use at a later date, click here.


Event Gal said...

This is a great post and a great blog!
Thank you so much for all of your creative energy!

Melissa and Ashli said...

I just love the little frash lemons so cute!!!!!

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