One of the best parts of each of my days is walking from the cold, Michigan mornings into the warmth of the Conservatory. It is a treat for all the senses… feeling the warm air, seeing the lush, green foliage, hearing the water gurgling from the fountains, and today… the smell! It was intoxicating. My nose led me to a table that has been filled with gorgeous Meyer Lemon trees. The leaves are dark and shiny and the delicate, white blossoms smell divine. On closer inspection I see the trees are studded with tiny green fruits patiently waiting to become Meyer Lemons! I have a Meyer Lemon tree in a favorite, sunny corner of my kitchen and I am telling you, you should stop in the Conservatory to get one for yours.
Meyer Lemons are a cross between a lemon and a mandarin orange. Much better than an average lemon if you ask me… larger, juicier with a taste and smell that combines lemon, orange and honey. The peels are thin and tender. They are wonderful, really wonderful, to cook with and can elevate any cocktail.
Here are a few simple things to do with the amazing Meyer Lemon…
• Top your favorite pizza crust with paper-thin slices of Meyer Lemon, goat cheese, olives and rosemary.
• Add Meyer Lemon gremolata – minced parsley, garlic and lemon zest - to grilled chicken or fish.
• Squeeze a wedge into your glass of water.
• Make Meyer Lemon vinaigrette with olive oil, lemon juice, champagne vinegar, sea salt, pepper and lemon zest.
• Drop lemon slices with a sprinkle of lavender into a warm bath.
• Make a Meyer Lemon Margarita.
Meyer Lemon Margarita
1.5 oz. fresh Meyer Lemon juice
1.5 oz. Tequila
1 oz. orange liquer (Triple Sec or Cointreau)
• Prep your glass by rubbing rim with Meyer lemon slice and dipping in a pile of sea salt. Add ice cubes.
• Combine Meyer Lemon juice, Tequila and liquer in shaker, add ice and shake for 15 seconds.
• Strain drink into glass and enjoy!