Delicious California grown Meyer Lemons!
A meyer lemon is a cross between a lemon and a mandarin orange with a taste that is different from the common lemon. It's smooth skin and pulp are a deep yellow color. Compared to a regular lemon, Meyer lemons are smaller, rounder, and have smoother skin. The flesh is soft and juicy, encasing a few seeds or sometimes it is seedless. They are highly fragrant with a low acidity and high sugar content yielding a sweet, zesty flavor. They can be used in place of regular lemons in many recipes, but keep in mind that since they contain more sugar and less acid, they have a softer flavor than regular, more sour lemons. Meyer lemons have a high amount of vitamin C!
Ripening and Storage:
This fruit is ripe when it is picked and is ready to use when you receive them. Store in the refrigerator until ready to use. They should last about a week on the counter or for a few weeks in the refrigerator.
Cut into slices or wedges, squeeze for its juice, or grate for its zest just as you would a regular lemon.
When fresh, Meyer lemons can be chopped up and added to salsas and other dips, or infused in oils, vinegars, and salad dressings for a bright flavor. Meyer lemons are also commonly used for their fragrant zest and juice. They can be sliced thinly and layered under meats and roasted to develop a caramelized texture, zested on top of pasta and pizza, juiced for cocktails and lemonade, or used to flavor soups and stews. The juice and zest can be incorporated into cookies, cakes, muffins, and other desserts and baked goods, simmered into lemon curd, or the peels can be candied and eaten as a sweet treat. In addition to fresh and cooked applications, the lemons can be scored, packed in salt, and preserved for extended use.