When life gives you lemons …
Don’t make lemonade. Make happy! The fine folks at Coke Farm stocked FoodBank with a glistening pile of lemons, and not just any lemons but Meyer lemons! In case you haven’t yet had the experience, Meyers are a rare citrus treat. On the rare occasions that you encounter them in the supermarket, they usually command a breathtaking price. Why? First, with a thin rind, they are both fragile and perishable. But the reason people pay the premium is clear as soon as you take a whiff. The heady, floral scent begins as soon as you lift one toward your nose. Then there’s the juice! Meyers are particularly juicy, and the juice is sweeter than most commercial lemons.

Meyers were “discovered” (you are left to guess by whom) in the early decades of the 20th Century in China. Today, they are thought to be a cross between Mandarin oranges and less distinguished lemon varieties.

Treat yourself by using one instead of vinegar in salad dressing, shaving the zest into the dressing as well. If it’s a special occasion and you are short of time, take two cups of heavy cream, one-fourth cup of sugar and stir to a bare simmer in a saucepan. Add the juice of two lemons, and the zest from both. Stir and pour into small cups and chill. It will gel into a cloudlike dessert that’s ready in two hours or less. In Italy, it’s called panna cotta. In the rest of the world, it’s called delicious.

Community Food Bank’s mission is to provide food, nutritional education and advocacy for our neighbors in need within San Benito County.


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