There are two types of people in this world, people who love Meyer lemons and people who’ve never tried Meyer lemons. All kidding aside, Meyer lemons are quite the treat for any home cook. They aren’t your ordinary, sweet-tangy lemon that’ll make your mouth pucker. They’re special and here’s why.
Although Meyer lemons are smaller in size than traditional lemons, their big flavor makes up for it. While regular lemons are highly-acidic and nearly inedible when eaten raw, Meyer lemons are moderately-acidic and much sweeter – lending themselves to be incorporated in fresh salads, desserts, and paired with charcuterie.
The Meyer lemon’s sweetness comes from its origins, because it’s actually a cross between a lemon and a mandarin. However, it’s not just the flavor that lures home cooks to this tempting fruit, it’s also their small-window of availability in the marketplace during the winter months that makes them attractive. Imagine if you only had one month of the year that you could buy strawberries, wouldn’t you want to incorporate strawberries into every meal that month?!?
I’m sure you’re now craving some Meyer lemons, but once you get some in your Green Bean Delivery order, what do you make first? Don’t fret, we’ve got you covered with 5 simple ways to get you started with your new love affair with Meyer lemons. Now, pucker up!
5 Ways to Use Meyer Lemons
1.) Make a Garlicky Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette:
A fresh vinaigrette can go a long way in the kitchen. Beyond dressing your salad greens, this Meyer lemon vinaigrette is great for livening up a pasta dish or giving a burst of fresh flavor to pan of roasted vegetables. Here’s a recipe, just for you!
2.) Infuse Ice Cubes with Meyer Lemon Zest:
Never let good zest go to waste. Simply fill an ice cube tray with Meyer lemon zest and water, then place it in the freezer for later. It’s an easy way to naturally flavor your water by just dropping in some Meyer lemon zest ice cubes, plus they look nice in the glass.
3.) Make a Homemade Meyer Lemonade:
It doesn’t have to be summer to enjoy the refreshing, tart flavor of lemonade.
4.) Stuff & Bake Them in a Bird:
When roasting a whole chicken or turkey, stuffing them with some fresh citrus will help radiate a zesty flavor into the meat.
5.) Use Them in Baked Treats:
Whether it’s a scone or a cookie, Meyer lemons are a great way to add a tart kick of flavor to your taste buds.
James Nimmer is the Director of Partnerships & Engagement at Green Bean Delivery and has been with the company since early 2010. When he’s not spreading the word about local farmers, artisans and food events, you can find James cooking up new recipes in his kitchen, getting his hands dirty in his garden, or exploring restaurants throughout the Midwest. Follow his culinary adventures on Instagram: @JamesNimmer