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Meyer Lemons

Mar 06, 2017

These lemon look-alikes may have you fooled... 

Availability and Origin
Meyer Lemons are available year-round, but they peak from November to March. They are used as an ornamental plant in China, their origin country, and are grown in the United States and New Zealand. 

Appearance and Flavor
At first glance, a Meyer Lemon looks just like your typical lemon. But take a closer look and you'll notice they are smaller, rounder and smoother. The rind is thinner and deep yellow-orange in color, with dark yellow pulp. They are said to be a cross between a lemon and an orange. Acidic as they are, they lack the traditional lemon zing. Meyer Lemons give off a herbal spice-smelling aroma. 

When whole, these lemons can last two weeks out on the counter (at room temperature) and up to four weeks refrigerated in a sealed bag. After being cut, store the slices in an air-tight container in fridge to get a week out of them. 

Ways to Enjoy
Besides the obvious way to use your lemons-Meyer lemonade-they are perfect for desserts, salads, dressing, sauces, and pastas. They can even provide an interesting twist to your salsa

In the early 1900s, the U.S. government sent Frank N. Meyer, a USDA agricultural explorer, to Asia to bring plant species back with him. This lemon was named in his honor. Read more about the story here.

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