After seeing LisaPizza's question about the weather and Ruth's reference to Meyer Lemons, I thought folks would be interested in seeing a photo Peter took this morning. It started snowing in the Santa Cruz Mountains late last night and continued this morning. For those of you not familiar with Meyer lemons, they originated in China and are believed to be a cross between a lemon and a mandarin orange. They are rounder and more thin-skinned than other lemons and less acidic. The taste is more complex and has wonderful floral notes.
This little tree is in his backyard at 2500' elevation in the hills above Saratoga. When I first saw Peter's picture of a snow covered citrus tree in sunny California, I suggested that he start researching Meyer lemon granita recipes! However, Peter says the lemons themselves aren't frozen. In fact, the snow itself may insulate and protect the tree against a hard freeze. I hope so, as this had been the first year it bore any fruit after the last hard freeze.
For more info on what to do with Meyer lemons, frozen or not, check out this discussion in progress on the General Topics board.
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