We Have Lemons We Have Lemons!

Posted by Dani on May 23, 2013

bowl of Meyer Lemons
11 ½ of them to be exact. The half lemon is because one of them is brown on one side but I can’t bring myself to throw it out. I have raised it since it was a wee little thing.

These are all my lemons. Harvested from my own lemon plant. This is very exciting. I have been nurturing this baby for about 4 years. Nurturing might not exactly be the right word since the poor thing has dropped all its leaves at least twice from severe neglect. But we get along much better now, and the lemon plant seems very happy. Happy enough to give me 11 ½ lemons.

These are Meyer lemons, a cross between a lemon and a mandarin. The taste is sweeter than a regular lemon, something like a lemon-orange combo. Now, since I grew all these puppies from scratch, I won’t be using them for just any old lemony thing. No squeezing these over a little salad or into some soda water. I am planning an entire Meyer Lemon meal. It will be a special, lemon-celebration occasion.

meyer lemon plant

Here are the links to the recipes I am thinking of using. First, we start with Spaghetti with Mascarpone, Meyer Lemon, Spinach, and Hazelnuts, which uses 2 lemons. Then we enjoy Meyer Lemon Grain Salad with Asparagus, Almonds and Goat Cheese, which also uses 2 lemons. I know that’s 2 grains in a row, but it’s my menu and they both sound good to me. We follow up with a good, old-fashioned Lemon Poppy Seed Cake with Meyer Lemon Curd, which uses 5 lemons. And the grand finale is a Mile-High Lemon Meringue Pie, which takes 6 lemons. And I know that’s 2 desserts in my lemon meal, but no one in my family will complain.

meyer lemons

If you’re adding up the lemons, you’ll notice I’m about 5 ½ lemons short. Cut out a dessert maybe? Not a chance. Better to sneak in some store-bought lemon impostors.

This meal will have to be postponed a while until my youngest recovers from a knee injury and can eat foods that are not on her anti-inflammatory diet. Should be about 2 weeks or so. Until then, I have wrapped my babies carefully and hidden them in the downstairs fridge.

bowl of meyer lemons

My daughter keeps asking me what I will do to fill the Olivia-sized hole that’s left when she goes off to university next year. I think I might grow lemons. The payback is delicious, and the backtalk is minimal.

meyer lemon

12 Responses to “We Have Lemons We Have Lemons!”

  1. OMG! What an accomplishment! How long did it take from flower to ripe lemons? The smell of the flowers must have been magnificent. I know I wouldn’t be able to stop myself from cutting one of those yummy babies open, squeezing and drinking it in my water!! Enjoy the fruits of your labour!

    • Dani says:

      Thanks Karen! I was sooo excited to see all these lemons grow! They flowered sometime before Christmas I think, and I just left them there until they were a really bright colour. The flowers did smell truly beautiful. Can’t wait to dig in!

  2. Did I miss how to do this? I want lemons! WOW, I am so impressed! They are beautiful, excellent job! I have to go here, when life gives you lemons… make amazing recipes!


    • Dani says:

      Hmmm, I guess I never did explain how I grow them, mainly because my gardening efforts are pretty haphazard. But they seem good enough to do the trick, so maybe I will have to put a post together with some instructions. Stay tuned!

  3. Seriously?? How/where did you grow those??? I’m so impressed. WOW.

    I want to grow some now. Details please!!

    ps thanks for visiting & leaving such sweet comments. Have a great weekend xox

    • Dani says:

      Thanks Anne! I am a pretty lazy gardener – no plant coddling around here! And the lemon seems to handle that fine. I will put a future post together with some do’s and don’ts, just so you know not to be intimidated. Thanks for dropping by!

  4. Tia says:

    Holy crap! I want to come over! How amazing is it that you grew those?!? Major life points to you madam!

    • Dani says:

      Thanks Tia! Actually, I am starting to feel very accomplished with all these great comments! But to be honest, the lemons kind of grew themselves, I didn’t really do much. I think I’ll stick with the accomplished feeling though 😉

  5. Well, when life gives you lemons… (tee hee hee) no, the colour on them is just gorgeous, I bet they smell so good too – good for you!

  6. Stephanie says:

    lucky you – they look perfect!

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