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June 07, 2007

Meyer Lemons

Meyer lemons are deliciously sweet and are thought to be a cross between a regular lemon and a sweet orange (possibly Mandarin). They come from China and grow on gorgeous evergreen trees that are incredibly fragrant when in bloom.

An unripe lemon.

They make a lovely house plant in their own right, but the fact that they produce large numbers of such wonderful little fruits makes them a wonderful option for anyone in a Northern climate trying to eat locally produced food.

I was given a gift certificate for one of my favorite garden shops for my birthday, and a Meyer lemon tree was on the top of my list. Fortunately, they had one left when I got there last weekend, so I quickly snapped it right up. It's a more mature tree, which means it wasn't exactly cheap, but it's got half a dozen full sized fruits on it, with lots of little ones on the way, so it was well worth it. I plan to keep it in the dining room near our south facing patio doors during cool weather, moving it outside in the warmer months.

I think I see a Key Lime in my future. Who says you can't grow citrus fruit in Canada?

10 comments:

The Unusually Unusual Farmchick said...

I love citrus trees! I would pull over and inhale the sweet smell when i would drive by orchards.(I lived in florida until 10 years ago.) That is one of the many things I truly miss.
Enjoy your new tree.

Carla said...

Very exciting. It looks like a lime. Does it turn yellow? Yum.

Beckie said...

Oh, I just did a post on this. I found yours when I was searching for more info. on my little lemon.

Chelee said...

That is so cool!

Steffi said...

I have a little citrus tree since 3 years in my garden too.In the winter months he must in our house and he grow from year to year.
Enjoy your tree!

Robbyn said...

I didnt know you could grow citrus in Canada...congratulations. Ahh, the wonderful scent!

Madeline said...

wow. i can have a citrus tree in a non-tropical climate? i will tell my farmer husband and farmer son about this and hope they are as excited about it as I am.

Crunchy Chicken said...

Oooh. I've had my eye on a Meyer Lemon tree for weeks now. Glad to hear you picked one up.

Cheryl said...

Carla - Yes, they do eventually turn yellow!

AIMEE said...

i bought a meyer lemon tree early this summer and the blooms smell amazing!

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