Meyer Lemon (Citrus × meyeri)
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Meet the Meyer Lemon, a highly-regarded Citrus fruit tree native to China and introduced to the US through Frank Meyer, the fruit’s namesake. The hybrid tree is commonly said to originate from the classic lemon and mandarin orange tree. This sunset yellow-orange citrus bears glossy, deep green ornamental leaves and white, fragrant blossoms worth doting over in a pot or in the ground.
Pot-friendly, the Meyer Lemon can stay contained indoors as an ornamental plant or can bear fruit when placed in full-sun. Planted in the ground, the Meyer Lemon can grow up to 10 ft. tall, but stays petite in pots. Keep in mind that Lemons are the most cold sensitive of the Citrus family, but the Meyer Lemon, thanks to its Mandarin Orange origins, has a higher cold hardiness than most Lemons.
The smaller, rounder, deeper-hued Meyer Lemons bear a candy-sweet flesh surrounded by a smooth rind with a fragrant, ready-to-zest skin. Enjoy their harvest between Winter and Spring and ensure to pick the fruits at their peak of ripeness, for they do not ripen off the branch.
Enjoy the Meyer Lemon in a lemon meringue or a salad dressing. Zest the skin for a fragrant oil or lemony accent to a dish. Ceviche a fish or two. Make some limoncello! Let us know your favorite Meyer Lemon creation!