Meyer Lemons

I don’t know if you’ve seen them in your grocery store, but in the stores around here, there are these little bags of curiosity, full of a citrus fruit named Meyer Lemons. We don’t see them all the time in this neck of the woods, and I simply couldn’t resist the temptation to try these lovely little creatures.

They are a cross between a lemon and a mandarin orange, so sayeth Wikipedia. They are very fragrant, their juice and zest is sweeter than a standard lemon, but still with that tangy burst of lemony flavor. The color of the zest is deeper than other lemons as well.

After all of the rich, ultra-sweet and heavy treats of the holiday season, something clean and light sounded like just the ticket. So I made a Meyer Lemon Pie. I adapted the Key Lime Pie recipe in Joy of Cooking, using Meyer Lemons instead. Really, it’s lighter than it sounds, and was exactly the right thing to do with these lemons. Check out the bright flecks of zest. And yes, I had this for breakfast. Don’t judge me.

I have a couple lemons left, and am considering some Meyer Lemon Curd as well. After I made the pie, there was leftover juice, so I made a Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette, a very simple recipe from Jamie Oliver that I have posted before. The sweetness of the Meyer Lemon makes this a totally different dressing; all the acidity is there, but it’s not as sour. It was very tasty on the salad I had for lunch, mixed greens and grape tomatoes. I’m not getting all virtuous on you, I also had some Amy’s cheese enchiladas, some of the best frozen enchiladas I’ve ever tasted.

I suggest you get yourself some Meyer Lemons, and cook up whatever favorite lemon recipes you have with them. Citrus is in season right now; grab some, wherever you are, and I’ll see you on the Road.

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  1. Wow those look incredible (and yummy)! I may have to run to the store and grab some.

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    • They’re so uplifting on these cold, gray days, even just to look at. Use them up quickly, or refrigerate them, as I have discovered they don’t keep on the kitchen table as long as your average lemon.

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  2. Anonymous

     /  January 24, 2012

    Mmmm….. Looks & sounds delicious!!! Lemon deserts are my favorite, I will have to buy a couple next time I’m at the market! Sounds perfect with coffee in the morning (I would do the same thing, tee hee).
    Patty :)

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  3. I have never heard of this type of lemon before. In fact, I have never heard of any lemon with a name. I have to try these out. and that pie looks fantastic!!! now I’m hungry…Annie

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  4. Anonymous

     /  February 8, 2012

    Sounds delicious! I have never heard of these before. Sounds like the perfect breakfast:). LC

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  5. I saw this on one of the cooking shows on the Food Network and I had try them! I think it was either Barefoot Contessa or Good Eats. OMG! They are the best! I made a sorbet with lemoncello and a citrus fruit-inspired mojito with the lemons. I no longer consume alcohol so a friend had to do the tasting. She was amazed by the flavor profiles and so was I! I had no idea what I was doing! But it was great crowd pleaser. Thanks for sharing.

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