To all who sing the praises of spring, let us not forget the sunny Meyer lemons of winter. Just when our holiday-weary palates need it the most, this floral, sweet yellow citrus comes to fruition, bringing a soft, balanced brightness to everything on the menu.
For breakfast, craft a Meyer lemon marmalade or a rich, buttery curd for spreading over scones, and serve fat wedges with smoked salmon and bagels. For dinner, dredge paper thin slices of Meyer and fry along with your frito misto – and add a touch of juice and zest to the dipping sauce. Serve alongside plump sardines and shaved fennel for a bright winter salad. And combine with melted butter and drizzle over roasted root vegetables, Brussels sprouts and sweet potatoes. Meyer lemons are superb with salmon–roasted, poached or grilled. And preserved Meyer lemons add an intriguing twist to the classic Moroccan chicken with olives dish.
For dessert, creamy Meyer ice cream creates a nice balance between luscious and tart-sweet. Serve alone or in a semifreddo or bombe glacée. Sorbet is a natural too. Pound cakes and short cakes also benefit from a shower of finely minced zest in the batter or glaze.
For cocktail hour, create simple syrups with plenty of Meyer lemon zest for flavoring cocktails and sweetening tea. A well-crafted Meyer Lemon Drop is a house favorite!
GreenLeaf stocks fresh Meyer lemons (local organic Meyers whenever possible) along with frozen puree, too. Call us today for your order!