Monday, February 16, 2015

Winter Lemons



With all the snow in the east, I'm a little hesitant to show these photos for fear it might look like bragging. I'm not, really, but I'm amazed! For several weeks now I've noticed, from the dining room window, round yellow shapes behind the gardening fabric protecting the lemon tree. 
On Sunday afternoon, a warm, sunny day, we decided to take a peek.
 

Just look at that harvest! The lemon "farmer" looks happy, doesn't he? These lemons set their fruit in August or September and have been ripening all "winter." There is more fruit that will be picked in a few months. In May we'll remove the gardening fabric and new blooms will form and be pollinated. Lemon trees are amazing!
 

They smell wonderful and brighten up the kitchen, too. 29 lemons. Grown in Canada! Let's see, shall I make Lemon Meringue Pie, Lemon Loaf, Lemon Souffle or ...? What would you make with fresh lemons?

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43 comments:

Cheryl said...

Oooo...I love lemon, so I'd be happy with any of those choices. I also love lemon bars. I have sometimes asked for a lemon pie for my birthday. There is a local grocery store chain that makes a lemon crumb pie and it comes in a brown box tied with bakers' twine. (Those things only improve the experience for me.) ;)

Sara D.B. said...

Your lemons look really lovely, Lorrie!
Who wouldn't love lemons, their happy yellow colour and fresh fragrance?! We use lemon juice and zest especially in baking. It's also one of my favourite essential oils, together with grapefruit.
I hope you will post photos of the pies and souffles! :)

Elizabethd said...

Groaning with lemon envy! In France I had two lemon trees both of which fruited well, both of which were attacked by a horrid little mite but recovered after a spray. There is nothing like holding your own warm lemons straight from the tree!

Amy at love made my home said...

Wow, how fantastic is that!!! A really lovely bright and joyful spot in the cold of winter - snow or no snow! I can imagine you making some incredibly delicious things with them! xx

Marigold Jam said...

Wow! How fabulous. You'd need one of those today in UK as it is Pancake Day here and our pancakes (crepes) are traditionally served with lemon and sugar!

kitty said...

Oh Lorrie, you brag all you want with that happy hubby with an armful of lemon! That is simply amazing and what tender loving care you've given your lemon tree. I look forward to seeing what you make with those 29 beautiful lemons.

ann said...

How did I miss your lovely Monday Mosaic? And lemons! What a treasure. Lemon merange pie, for sure. Lemon poppy seed cake, lemonade. As you say, the list goes on.

Karen S. said...

How about lemon poppy seed biscotti? I also would use some for guacamole. We so relished lots of that while staying at your Tumbaco house, with the locally grown avocados and lemons. Yum!

Rajesh said...

Wonderful harvest of lemons.

Chel @ Sweetbriar Dreams said...

Are you kidding me Lorrie! That's amazing! I am lucky if the plant even survives :-) Enjoy xx

Mary said...

This is certainly an amazing lemon harvest - almost unbelievable Lorrie! Limoncello, tarte au citron, lemon poundcake - I love anything with lemon, perhaps because my mum loved them when she was pregnant with me! Always giggled when she told me that story long ago.

Fabulous lemons - what would we cooks do without them?
Mary X



Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

What a wonderful surprise! I never would have guessed that lemon trees would flourish so far north! My husband and I recently purchased a dwarf lemon tree that we have kept by a very sunny window and it is getting blossoms and new leaves. When summer arrives I'll put it outside for more sun and warmth. I hope to get a fresh lemon or two--it is fun to watch it grow!

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Wow - amazing. I would make some lemon pound cake - and then I'd make some lemon bars - then I'd make lemon curd and maybe a lemon pie, oh so many things if I had 29 lemons from my own tree. The lemon farmer does look happy. Enjoy.

Debby Ray said...

Mmmm...I can almost smell them through the screen! I love lemon everything :)

Millie said...

Oh, my, what a bountiful crop! There are so many recipes for lemon!

Sally Croft said...

Would have never guessed such a wonderful harvest
of lemons could be grown in Canada. What a treat, your hubby looks over the moon and I see you baking many lemon recipes. May I ask, what variety of tree you planted and what fabric used to cover tree. I think the only lemons I could grow in Ontaro could be frozen lemonade, but you never know!

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Now this is exciting! I'll bet a lemon this fresh tastes wonderful - how about some lemon curd, lemon loaf and a lemon merengue pie and I'll come for tea?

Mrs.Rabe said...

I am a huge fan of lemons! How great to have your own!

Deanna

Andrea Dawn said...

Impressive! I want to do it now.

Pamela Gordon said...

That is so awesome Lorrie! What a wonderful surprise in the middle of winter.

ellen b. said...

Wow! I'm really impressed. Enjoy all that lemony goodness!

Brenda @ Its A Beautiful Life said...

Ooooooo... I love lemons. What a harvest, no wonder the man is smiling so big!

Enjoy...........
Brenda
xox

Dewena said...

Lemon anything! And you grow them in Canada? Amazing!

handmade by amalia said...

I love the scent of freshly picked lemons! You don't get that in the market. What a treat for you.
Amalia
xo

GretchenJoanna said...

It's wonderful how lemons brighten up the winter! What a gift. I would make lemon pudding, lemon chicken, and sour cream lemon cake - oh, and Greek egg lemon soup! I grew up with 10 acres of lemon trees and didn't appreciate them enough at the time.

aimee said...

Wow! I am totally amazed by your grown in Canada lemons!! Now I want a lemon plant too:) SO many good ways to use your beautiful crops--can hardly wait to see which ones you'll try.
Blessings,
Aimee

heather meads said...

It's okay to brag a little bit - I think they know!! Your lemons look great Lorrie, what a good crop!!

Ida said...

Wow, those lemons look lucious. I vote for Lemon Meringue Pie. I know what you mean though I feel a bit "guilty" too that we've had nice weather lately.

materfamilias said...

Just. Wow! Brag away!

Happy@Home said...

Wow, what an awesome find under the gardening fabric.
I think I might be tempted to make lemon bars or a lemon meringue pie, although lemon loaf or lemon cream chicken would also be nice. Seems as though there are many possibilities and I have no doubts that you will find a good use for them. Hope you'll report back to us on what you decide.

Anneliese said...

That is amazing! Especially .. if you have paid the price of lemons at the grocery store these days.
What would I make? I just took the last part of my lemon bundt cake to the kids and it was fun to see how the younger one was telling the older one how good it was. I guess I'll be making more.

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

That is amazing!

I'd make lemonade and pretend that it was hot outside :)

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

That is amazing!

I'd make lemonade and pretend that it was hot outside :)

Helen Philipps said...

How lovely! What a wonderful treat! I love anything lemony, so would have no difficulty using them. Well done to you for growing them so successfully.
Helen xox

Deborah Montgomery said...

wow, amazing! They look wonderful, and the possibilities are endless . . .

Sheila said...

I am amazed, you must be great gardeners to have raised such lovely lemons. We are visiting friends in Arizona and enjoying their lemons. Happy in February!

Leslie's Garden said...

Yum! I love lemons so much! I would love to have a lemon tree! How surprising that you are harvesting lemons in February in Canada!

Leslie's Garden said...

Yum! I love lemons so much! I would love to have a lemon tree! How surprising that you are harvesting lemons in February in Canada!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

How amazing! I like to make lemonade when they are in season here. I can use Truvia and it's so refreshing! Hugs, Diane

Marilyn said...

I adore freshly grown lemons and yours are to salivate over. Lemon bars and a pie, maybe lemon chicken. Oh yummmm!

Donna said...

How wonderful! I would be making some fresh lemonade and chicken piccata!

Kit said...

How wonderful! Your own lemons and in the winter. I just want to slice one open and take a huge breath. :) Kit

Storybook Woods said...

Wow, I am speechless. I do not know anyone around here who can grow lemons. I am very impressed and enjoy!! Clarice