What is a Meyer Lemon? And What Can You Do With It?

Meyer Lemons, a little sweeter than a regular lemon.

I first heard of Meyer Lemons from gardening friends in California, who were always raving about them. They can grow them in their backyards, but we can grow them in Canada in containers.

The Meyer lemon is commonly grown in China in garden pots as an ornamental tree. It became popular as a food item in the United States after being rediscovered by chefs such as Alice Waters at Chez Panisse during the California Cuisine revolution.Popularity further climbed when Martha Stewart began featuring them in her recipes.

It wasn’t just the lemons themselves, but the special things you could make out of them that made the Meyer Lemons desirable. One of these things is well-loved Italian beverage called Limocello:  a lemon liqueur made from alcohol, sugar syrup and the peel of the Meyer lemons. My Twitter gardening friends in California would tantalize followers with Limoncello making and Limoncello tasting parties. If you’ve seen the movie, Under the Tuscan Sun, you’ll be familiar with this citrus drink. This video shows the entire Limoncello making process. It’s a surprisingly simple recipe, the hardest part is the peeling of the lemons. When you’ve finished peeling, you can squeeze the juice and save it in ice cube trays for other Meyer Lemon recipes.

A special flavour all its own, a cross between a mandarin orange and a lemon, the Meyer lemon inspires cooks and gardeners alike. Here are 100 Ways to Use Meyer Lemons.

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