I have three Meyer lemon trees in my garden. This is the smallest of the three trees.
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They are still ripening. I picked a few the other day, when making my jam (I add lemon juice to the jam for pectin), but they weren't quite as juicy as they will get, later.
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I plan to make a couple of batches of lemon marmalade and there will be some lemonade, as well. That might use up about 25 lemons! There are probably at least 100 lemons on this one tree! I am not sure just what to do with the rest! My neighbors have their own lemon trees! What would you do with so many lemons?
In the meantime, the oranges are starting to ripen, too:
I am grateful for an abundance of garden fruit.
That's a lot of lemons! 🍋ReplyDelete
I really can't think what you could make with them. Lemon curd? You could always use the juice with some Bicarbonate of Soda for cleaning. X
I will be using some of them to polish my brass! And I make lemon cleaner with the peel (steep them in vinegar for a few days, then, strain). My mother used to make preserved lemons, but I don't like how they taste, so I won't be making any. I suppose I'll take a couple of bags of them to the temple to be distributed.Delete
Well, if I had lemons growing in my garden I'd probably live on homemade lemonade and lemon drizzle cake!ReplyDelete
The orange on the tree will be a good candidate for the scavenger hunt.
Ooh, lemon drizzle cake sounds good!Delete
Yes, I thought the oranges on the tree might be a good candidate for the scavenger hunt! I am waiting until they are more orange in color! :)
Wow! I would love to have a lemon tree. They must smell wonderful.ReplyDelete
The lemon flowers, when they are blooming, perfume the whole garden.Delete
How wonderful to be able to grow citrus fruits like this. In Spain we saw lemon trees lining the street in town (Valencia I hink). It is possible in the south of the U.K. To grow citrus but they have to be wrapped in fleece in winter and take a great deal of care. Even then, many do not survive. We manage apples and pers most easily.ReplyDelete
We have one of the best climates for citrus, Eloise. I had two other lemon trees and an orange tree that I had to cut down when I added the family room. I'd love to have an apple tree!Delete
Beautiful lemons and oranges! You are very richly blessed...I've never seen so many lemons! AndreaReplyDelete
Thank you, Andrea. Yes, I've been abundantly blessed! They look so pretty on the tree, don't they?Delete
If I had that many lemons, I’d certainly enjoy them in my tea! Next, I would juice them and freeze the juice for recipes. I love lemon anything!!!!ReplyDelete
Yes, I've frozen the juice, before. Some years, there's more juice than I can use before the next crop ripens!Delete
Lemon marmelade sounds like it may be the best way to use up the most lemons from your bounty. When I used to bake, I made lemon cranberry mini loaves to gift people at Christmas. It was so pretty and festive looking and I loved to eat it myself for Christmas brunch. It used up both lemon juice and grated lemon peel. There are lots of recipes on-line, but the one I preferred was from Taste of Home at https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/lemon-cranberry-mini-loaves/ And as suggested above, you could put a little lemon drizzle over top to use up more of the juice. Just wrap in saran wrap with a pretty ribbon, and instant present.ReplyDelete
Thank you, Susan, for the suggestion and the link to the recipe. They sound delicious and I shall make some. I have dried cranberries on hand, too! :)Delete
Such abundance! I can imagine all the citrus-y goodness you will be able to make with all those lemons! Meg🙂ReplyDelete
I shall definitely use as much as I can and give away many bags of lemons, too!Delete
I'm not sure what to do with the lemons, but do they freeze well?ReplyDelete
I have frozen the juice, Live and Learn, and that works fairly well. I've cut up lemons and frozen them, but didn't like them once thawed.Delete
What beautiful fruit you have in your garden! Suddenly I find myself reminded of an old song from my childhood (and perhaps yours) - "Oranges and lemons say the bells of St. Clements...." Since oranges and lemons probably came very rarely to old London, I wonder what inspired the use of those particular fruit in the song? I feel a "google" coming on!ReplyDelete
"You owe me five farthings, say the bells of St. Martin's"!Delete
Ha, ha, that was the alternate post heading I was considering! It's a song I used to play on the piano, as a child! :)
I'd love to have a lemon tree. :)ReplyDelete
Lemon marmalade sounds delicious. You can make some cordial as well. :)
Nil, I'm sure you'll be able to grow both lemons and oranges, there. Between now and spring would be a good time to plant. I've never tried making cordial - shall look into that!Delete