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TIP OF THE DAY: Meyer Lemons

Over the last 30 years, the Meyer lemon has evolved from an ornamental garden lemon found in California farmers markets, to a popular commercial lemon.

The two major lemons in America, Eureka and Lisbon, have a bracing tartness. The Meyer Lemon, which is a hybrid between a lemon and a mandarin or other sweet orange, has a milder, sweeter juice. It became a chef’s favorite for salad dressings, sauces and sorbets and other recipes; which led to consumer demand. It’s in season from November through March.

The Meyer lemon was brought to the U.S. by Frank N. Meyer, an explorer for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, who found it growing as an ornamental plant outside of Peking, China in 1908.

Learn more about the Meyer and all types of lemons in our Lemon Glossary.

Meyer lemons. Photo courtesy Melissas.com.

Add some to your Super Bowl hummus and see a big jolt of flavor. This recipe, by Tom Fraker, is courtesy of Melissas.com.HUMMUS WITH MEYER LEMON

Ingredients

  • 1 tub (8 ounces) traditional hummus
  • 2 tablespoons Meyer lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1/2 teaspoon chile powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 package baby carrots
  • 1 package celery cut into sticks
  • 1/4 pound sugar snap peas

Preparation
In a medium size bowl, mix together the first 4 ingredients. Transfer to a serving dish and surround with the vegetables.

 





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