The beauty of living in the country are the many orchards that generous folks are apt to share with their neighbors. We are fortunate to have one bearing lemon trees and in winter they are dripping with yellow jewels. Another farm has grapefruit trees which ornament their yard while the couple next to us has juicy tangerines. Citrus fruits are a wonderful resource for the homemaker (especially when free)! They have so many uses! When we began receiving these fruits by the bags, we sought to make the most of them in their abundant state. We hope some of these ideas will allow you to maximize their potential in your home.
This season, we will focus on lemons as we strive to "Utilize What We Have"… Please comment on your creative uses, I would love to hear them!
"The Lemon.—This fruit is supposed to be a native of the North of India, although it is grown in nearly all sub-tropical climates. In general, the fruit is very acid, but in a variety known as the sweet lemon, or bergamot (said to be a hybrid of the orange and lemon), the juice is sweet. The sour lemon is highly valued for its antiscorbutic properties, and is largely employed as a flavoring ingredient in culinary preparations, and in making a popular refreshing beverage."
~ Mrs. E.E. Kellogg, Science in the Kitchen, 1893