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Sweet Meyer Lemons: Kitchen Basics

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Lemon Meyer
Meyer lemon

The Meyer lemon is a cross between a lemon and a tangerine. Its sweet taste—lemon with a hint of its parent tangerine–has made it a favorite of cooks and gourmets. In fact, some chefs call the Meyer “the gourmet lemon.”

Meyers are more round and have a softer, more smooth rind than the bigger, commercial lemons—such as the Eureka and Lisbon. The pulp of the Meyer is deep yellow and it is less acidity than its sisters.

The Meyer takes its name from the American plant explorer Frank Meyer who discovered this lemon near Peking in 1908. By the way, the blossoms of a Meyer will fill a room with a wonderful sweet fragrance for days.

Choose. A ripe Meyer lemon will have a rich orange-yellow skin when ripe. Choose a bright, shiny fruit that is fat for its size.

Serve. Take your best lemon tart recipe and use Meyer lemons.

Also of interest: 

Oranges for Backyard Gardens

Eureka Lemon and Lisbon Lemon: Kitchen Basics

Sweet Meyer Lemon: Kitchen Basics

Lemons: Kitchen Basics

How to Preserve Lemons

How to Grow Citrus

Citrus Tree Pruning

Lemon Juice

Written by Stephen Albert

Stephen Albert is a horticulturist, master gardener, and certified nurseryman who has taught at the University of California for more than 25 years. He holds graduate degrees from the University of California and the University of Iowa. His books include Vegetable Garden Grower’s Guide, Vegetable Garden Almanac & Planner, Tomato Grower’s Answer Book, and Kitchen Garden Grower’s Guide. His Vegetable Garden Grower’s Masterclass is available online. has more than 10 million visitors each year.

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