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California Gardening: The lemons are coming, the lemons are coming

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jkom51
Oakland, CA
(Zone 9b)

December 23, 2011
9:15 AM

Post #8940477

Hurray! The new crop has finally started on our Meyers, although if we donít get some more rain soon, itíll be a short season. Hopefully weíll get some more rain in January to keep things going, but those early winter rains really helped bring the crop along.

I donít thin the multiple sprouts so some of them are small, but all of them are ripe despite the color (color change depends on temps, and as we get close to frost levels the fruit ripens even though they donít turn completely yellow).

This is about seven gallonsí worth from all three trees, with lots more to come.

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risingcreek
sun city, CA
(Zone 9a)

December 23, 2011
11:35 AM

Post #8940635

i have one tree that is also full of fruit, hopefully will not lose in the cold temps.
lynne3450
Los Angeles, CA

December 25, 2011
1:34 PM

Post #8942461

Is the same true of oranges? We moved into our home 18 months ago and for the first time have a "crop" of oranges on our tree. I'm not sure when to pick them off. Most are all orange on the rind except for a little green on the very bottom.

When can we pick them?

TY! Congrats on your Meyers! I'm envious :)
quiltygirl
No Central, AZ
(Zone 7b)

January 13, 2012
8:57 AM

Post #8966069

Wow, I did not think citrus grew that far north. Are you near the water (having more temperate weather than further east Oakland)? I have been trying to keep my 'just planted this year' dwarf Meyer lemon from freezing. The tag says good to 32 degrees and we had 19 early mornings at 32 and below in Dec.! Our weather here is probably a little like when we lived in Danville.
jkom51
Oakland, CA
(Zone 9b)

January 13, 2012
11:26 AM

Post #8966253

We're on the edge of the 'fog belt' - in the Oakland hills, just west of Danville. 7-10 frost days per year only.

lynne, I recall several years ago a post from someone who had several citrus trees that said they can hang on the tree for months before getting ripe. With the Meyers, I use the 'tug and twist' test. Color does not make as much difference as one would think. Fruit that is ready to pick comes off quite easily.
Redtootsiepop
Livermore, CA
(Zone 9b)

February 19, 2012
9:08 AM

Post #9012004

Beautiful ! My Meyers are young, so we are just getting a few. What do you do with all those lemons??
jkom51
Oakland, CA
(Zone 9b)

February 19, 2012
6:38 PM

Post #9012569

I juice and freeze a lot of them. Usually put some peel in so it adds the lemon oil in. I use small containers, about 1/2 cup.

Fresh lemonade is always good. Honey-lemon tea when we catch a cold/sore throat. Preserved lemons are nice but high in salt so I've only made them a couple of times. We love chicken piccata and chicken thighs baked with garlic and lemon.

My DH insists on Meyers for vinaigrette dressing, says he likes it even better than balsamic.
Redtootsiepop
Livermore, CA
(Zone 9b)

February 20, 2012
8:59 AM

Post #9013230

I agree, so good on a salad! My girls like to slice them and take them in their lunch, so I suppose we could never have "too many".
jkom51
Oakland, CA
(Zone 9b)

February 20, 2012
6:10 PM

Post #9014017

Many restaurants here also include thin slices of Meyers in the batter when doing a fritto misto - especially good with shrimp and/or calamari rings.

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