Saturday, January 28, 2006

Lemon Tree Very Pretty and the Lemon Flower is Sweet, but the Fruit of the Poor Lemon is Impossible to Eat

Yesterday I opened up a heavy package from my father. Inside was a treasure trove of Meyer's Lemons. What makes these different and special from those grocery store lemons?

(1)These are grown from my dad's tree.

(2)These lemons are quite sweet and have a very different flavor from the lemons that you and I know so well.

(3)Do you see the size of these things? The one in front is a "normal" sized lemon. The apple is for comparison.

Here's a bit more about Meyer's Lemons from Killerplants.com:

In 1905, David Fairchild of the U.S. Department of Agriculture hired Frank N. Meyer to work as a plant hunter. Within months, Meyer left the U.S. to explore China. His assignment was to find new varieties unknown to the western world. Meyer hiked the Chinese countryside.

In 1908, Meyer was in Peking (Beijing) preparing to return to the U.S. He found a curious citrus tree growing as a potted plant in a dooryard. Meyer obtained the specimen. The fruit was lemon-like, but tasted sweeter. Allowed to ripen on the tree, the rind turned golden.

The Meyer lemon tree is one of the cold hardiest Citrus varieties tolerating temperatures down to -2 degrees C (29 degrees F). Although, it bears heavily November through April, the tree is everbearing—flowers and fruit are present on the tree at the same time.

The tree is believed a hybrid between Citrus limon, the lemon, and Citrus reticulata, the mandarin orange. The flavor is the gourmet's choice; even a special vodka is distilled once a year with Meyer's lemon.
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3 comments:

Trixie said...

Ok. Now I want one of these trees!

Kuky said...

I am totally drooling now.

Maverick said...

Trust me - there is nothing better than Iced Tea with Meyer's lemon in it, or water, or my Mom's Meyer's lemon pie.