When Life Hands You (Meyer) Lemons

February 17, 2012

I usually dread the grocery store this time of year because it’s slim pickings for fruits and vegetables. Not much in season besides apples, pears and pineapples in the fruit department. The produce aisle has beets, beans and zucchini. Lots of root veggies though.

But the surprise of the day was seeing Meyer lemons! I perked right up. Meyer lemons grow mostly in California and Arizona and are a popular ingredient in many foods and drinks. Now the rest of the country is starting to see these beautiful bright yellow, thin skinned lemons show up in their grocery stores.

Myer lemons are a cross between an orange or a mandarin and a lemon and were first discovered in 1908 by Frank Meyer, who was a gardener working in Mexico for the USDA .

They are soft, juicy and sweet enough to eat without being too tart and puckering. I use them for anything I cook that needs lemon juice. Meyer lemons are great in a marinade and fabulous for making lemon curd. One of my favorite ways to use it is as a lemon and cream sauce for linguine.

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