It’s Meyer lemon season here in south Louisiana. We picked ours early December because we were supposed to get a hard freeze that didn’t happen. It wasn’t a waste though because I made a lemon tart to take to Susan & Ernie’s house along with a bag full of lemons.
Don has a friend just up the road from us who has 3 Meyer trees or bushes…whatever they are. These things are quite large but they’re more bushy than straight up trees so maybe they are bushes. They have long, sharp thorns. I do know that. I wore a long sleeved shirt and I still got wounded from picking lemons!
His wife called Saturday morning to see if we would come pick lemons. Well, of course! I asked if it was ok for my sister to come pick with me as Don was doing something else. She was thrilled to have someone else come to pick.
Look at how heavy the clusters of fruit are:
Her bushes were absolutely loaded with fruit. We picked and picked and picked and picked. She helped us pick. I asked her how much she wanted us to pick and she said as much as we wanted. She only had one other person that might want to pick and she had already picked for herself and for the friends she usually gives them to. Pretty much the front of the bushes by the road were untouched by us.
So how much did we pick? Vanessa took home a large clothes basket full and a 5 gallon bucket full.
I brought home 7–5 gallon buckets full. And there was still probably at least that much more to be picked!
Thank goodness, Don brought them all into the house for me. I started cleaning lemons. I gave 2 grocery bags full to Miss Annie…one of Chris’s caregivers. She’s from California and has been missing Meyer’s badly. So she has a fix now. She wants me to come over day to show her how to make a Meyer Lemon Tart so I guess I’ll do that one day this week.
I bagged up lemons for Beth & Pauline. Beth & Pauline—you’re going to have to clean your own. Don bagged up lemons for Stefan who works with him. Stefan’s wife has to clean theirs too.
I finally got all the ones cleaned that I was going to. It took forever. I packed up 3 boxes to send to Texas. And I’ve still got lemons in the fridge and a huge box of lemons in the kitchen. Sorry, Denise….I’m afraid they’ll freeze on a trip to you.
I’m going to make marmalade, jelly, cake, cookies, tart starter, cheesecake, gelato, lemon-cranberry scones, and who knows what else. I’m tempted to try to make my own Lemoncello. They’re yummy in iced tea and you know us southerner’s love our iced tea. I’ve still got lemon cubes in the freezer from last year but I may squeeze more lemons to add to the stash.
I was thinking we had 12-15 of our own bushes coming along but thank goodness, Don said “no, that’s Satsuma’s”. We do have 5-6 Meyers though. Holy Moly, what am I going to do with that many lemons?
I think I’d better get some sleep so I’ll be ready for all of this!