My husband planted a couple of Meyer’s lemon trees alongside our house about 20 years ago, it turned out to be one of our best investments. There’s nothing like a bright, fragrant lemon to chase the Winter blues down the road.
My favorite recipe: squeeze a lemon into a tea cup, add boiling hot water and honey for a cup of strong tea. If you want to put hair on your chest add a crushed clove of garlic and a pinch of salt. This is a good remedy for sore throat or sinus congestion.
Cut a lemon into sections on a little plate and set it on the counter – every time you get a fresh glass of water add a lemon section, it’s a real pick-me-up. Makes the kitchen smell nice too.
Speaking of smell nice, spoon some baking soda down your drain, wash it down with the juice of one lemon, then run hot water through the drain. Doing this regularly will keep your drain smelling fresher.
My next door neighbor likes to have a bowl of lemons handy to drizzle salad. It makes a great dressing for fruit salad, just add a little honey.
We also planted a lime tree along with the lemons, but the little fellow didn’t make it through the first hard Winter. Luckily we can go to Cash and Carry and get a good bag of limes for about two and a half bucks.
Once you get them in the house you find plenty of uses, you wonder how you got along without them! We use the juice all over our food, we put sections in our water glass like lemon, and yesterday I found out you can squeeze and freeze the juice for later, just like lemon.
Just when I thought I had enough citrus fruit, our friend stopped over and gave me a box of Valencia oranges he’d gathered from an ancient tree his yard. The skin is so thin, you can squeeze them into a glass with your hand. I juice those as I go along – I put one in my yogurt smoothie yesterday, and it tasted like Orange Julius.
I found a new recipe – “Liquid Sunshine” – a mix of carrot and orange juice. I’ll give it a whack and let you know!