Meyer Lemons are a huge treat for me living in Vermont. We grow pears, rhubarb, raspberries, and blackberries at our home but citrus just doesn’t grow in our climate. A Meyer Lemon is thought to be a cross between a regular lemon and a mandarin or common orange. It’s smaller than a traditional lemon and more round with a thinner skin that is more orange than true yellow. It takes nine months for a Meyer Lemon to grow and ripen on the tree and it will only ripen on the tree so you cannot pick them too early. Lemon Ladies Orchard in Emerald Hills, California has an orchard they lovingly tend full of Meyer Lemons. Their orchard has been in operation since 2004 and they have about 40 Meyer Lemon trees. These lemons are grown with organic citrus fertilizer right here in the USA which makes them the perfect citrus choice in my book. Each one of the Meyer Lemon trees produces about 150 Meyer Lemons per season. They pick the Meyer Lemons on Sundays and then overnight them on on Mondays so that they arrive at their destination fresh and in fantastic shape.
Meyer Lemons from Lemon Ladies Orchard
I have never seen Meyer Lemons in our grocery store before so I was really excited to receive a 3.5 pound gift bag of them. Meyer Lemons have the same citrus taste as a traditional lemon except it has the sweetness of a mandarin orange. I spent quite a while hunting for recipes to try because I have no experience cooking with real lemons of any sort. Knowing that these are organically grown means that I can feel comfortable using the peel in my recipes as well without the fear of any pesticides or harmful chemicals getting into my food. When I cut into them, I was instantly impressed with the fresh lemon scent and with how juicy they were. There really is no comparison to the lemons I’m used to in the store. These are so much better.
I narrowed my recipe selection down to either a Lemon Shaker Pie, a Lemon Souffle, or a Meyer Lemon Coffee Cake. Since I was having my parents over for coffee, I decided a Meyer Lemon Coffee Cake would be the ideal choice. My parents were very impressed with the Meyer Lemons and since it had been years since my parents had enjoyed a Meyer Lemon, I made sure to send them home with some as well. I highly recommend you order Meyer Lemons from Lemon Ladies Orchard. They are an absolute delight to bake with and have a unique taste like no other I’ve tried.
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