The aromatic flavor of Meyer lemons hasÂ always been a favorite in our house. These trees areÂ native to China and wereÂ brought to the United States by Frank N. Meyer about a century ago. Thought to be a cross between a lemon and a mandarin, this fruitÂ doesnâ€™t have the pucker power of aÂ common lemon. Instead, itsÂ subtle sweetness softens theÂ acid to impart aÂ velvety mouth feel. Since Meyer lemons are tough to find in grocery stores, I surprised Marilyn a few years ago with a potted Meyer lemon tree for her birthday.
Recently, the nights have been extra cold, so weâ€™ve broughtÂ the tiny tree indoors at night, returningÂ it to the garden each morning to benefit from theÂ sun. With only a few leaves left, this sturdy citrus produced two dozen lemons this year. One by one the yellow orbs have ripened and dropped and weâ€™ve happily gathered them to use in drinks, cookies, and marinade.