Meyer Lemon in the House
We have grown a meyer lemon tree indoors (and outside in summer) for 5 years now. About twice a year it blossoms with tiny white flowers that have a captivating sweet scent. Usually at least a couple of the flowers turn into baby lemon buds. Sometime after, they dry up and fall off. Just 4 times has a bud ripened into an edible lemon. This past fall, one such lemon deigned to grace us.
Lillian declared herself caretaker of the lemon. She checked the color constantly and protected the lemon from the dog's tails and other nosy kids. Here's a picture of her caressing her citrus.
We told her the lemon could be picked when the skin was completely yellow. The time finally came last week.
She plucked the lemon from its stem. She took a picture of Alex and I with the lemon.
I washed it and sliced it open. There were surprisingly almost no seeds. This picture doesn't show it, but the flesh was a perfect bright yellow with stark white pulp and lots of juice.
We each tried a slice raw. It was sweeter than a normal lemon, crisp and clean. Alex and I juiced the rest later for a simple lemon martini.
The time and attention we put into this tree certainly doesn't pay off in terms of harvest value. But we love the rare occasions we can eat citrus grown right here in Columbus OH.
(My apologies for unfocused preschooler picture. Constantly moving objects are not easy to photograph but I am working on it.)