Saturday, July 14, 2012
Photo of Meyer lemon courtesy 123rf.com
My favorite lemon is the Meyer lemon, almost edible right off the tree, more lemon flavor than pucker. I was first introduced to the Meyer lemon when I lived in San Jose, California, where more houses have citrus trees in their back yards than don't. Indeed, I had a Meyer lemon tree in my yard, frozen lemon juice in my freezer, and more lemon pies, cakes, bars, butters, sauces, and lemonade than I and my friends could keep in our iceboxes, so most of those spent a lot of time in our freezers, too.
Very often I enjoy what the French call lemon presse or citron presse (click here for the recipe; I make mine with delicious Kal Pure Stevia Extract, not that bad junk sold in grocery stores). I drink it especially when I've had a heavy meal or my stomach just isn't feeling quite right. Being in a small city in East Texas right now, I don't have regular access to Meyer lemons except when I travel, so I often substitute limes in this hot drink.
Some doctors have been touting the health benefits of lemons, and I remember reading somewhere a couple of years ago that some doctor said if everyone drank a lemon presse without the sugar every day we could virtually wipe out inflammation and illness. Click here for more ideas about the curative powers of lemons.
So, what didn't I know about lemons: the native home of lemons is unknown, but many suspect that it is India. By 200 A.D. lemon trees were introduced in Italy, and by 1300 they were cultivated widely throughout the Mediterranean region and Asian countries. The oldest city in the U.S., St. Augustine, Florida, had lemon trees producing fruit by its founding in 1565.
Click here for more information about lemons. By the way, click here for the best recipes using Kal Pure Stevia Extract. What did you learn today?