Seasonal Spotlight: Meyer Lemons

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As the cold days of winter arrive, the Farmer's Markets start to fill with bright, sunny citrus fruits in many sizes, shapes, and colors. One such fruit that livens up the cold market days is the Meyer lemon.

Meyer lemons are hybrid citrus fruits originally from China. No one's sure exactly, but scientists think they are a cross between a lemon and a sweet orange. These thin-skinned lemons are dark yellow to orange in color, and have a lot of juice and less tart than regular lemons. They're a bit sweeter and lower on acid, too. The rind is smoother and has less pits than regular lemons, and they're rounder.

Recipes:
Meyer Lemon Grain Salad with Asparagus, Almonds and Goat Cheese
Spring Recipe: Meyer Lemon Shaker Pie
Eating From the Garden: Meyer Lemon Spring Salad with Baby Greens, Herbs, Almonds and Goat Cheese
Meyer Lemon and Walnut Cake with Honey Syrup
100 Things To Do With A Meyer Lemon - Los Angeles Times

Other Links:
San Francisco Market Report: Smörgåsbord of Citrus
Tip from Gourmet: Slice Citrus Lengthwise, Get More Juice

(Image: Kathryn Hill)