Lemons

January 1, 2012 Garden, Home Sweet Home 0

It’s that time of year again.

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Time for lemons!

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I never knew, until we moved down here to the coast, that citrus fruits ripened in the winter.

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We didn’t even realize that we had a lemon tree in the back yard until Christmas last year. My mother was the one who noticed that those yellow things hanging from the branches weren’t just odd leaves — they were fruit.

(In our defense, the lemon tree is on the opposite side of the back yard from our rear windows, and we hardly ever go out there anyway.)

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The tree has really outdone itself this year. I don’t know if it was the drought or the heat or what, but the thing is practically dripping with lemons.

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I made some honey-lemon chicken with the first ripe fruit. An approximation of the recipe I used can be found at Closet Cooking, but I’ve been doing this dish my own way for a few years now. I roasted it with carrots this time, too. Perhaps I ought to eventually write my own recipe down and share it here.

 

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