December 9, 2015

Who's Your Main Squeeze: Eureka or Meyer?


Some of you may have noticed a recent addition to the lemon options when you customize your box: it's Meyer lemon season! Meyer lemons are thought to be a cross between a Eureka lemon (the typical lemon you most likely eat) and a mandarin. Because of this, Meyer lemons are sweeter than Eureka lemons and have little to no seeds. Though you can swap out either lemon for a recipe, there are some recipes that are better for each specific lemon.


Eureka Lemons
Eureka lemons have a more tart flavor than Meyers and are good for salad dressings, marinades, or any recipe that calls for zesting (you can use Meyers too, but Eurekas have a thicker skin). Try Eureka lemons in some of these recipes:

Watercress Salad with Avocado and Hearts of Palm
Clean Green Juice
Fennel Salad with Mint Vinaigrette


Meyer Lemons
As we said above, Meyer lemons are sweeter than Eurekas -- so sweet some people even enjoy eating them raw. We like putting Meyer lemons in water because they have less seeds. They're also delicious squeezed over pasta with garlic and butter or olive oil. Also, because they have a thin skin, you can add sugar and candy the rind for a delicious treat. Try Meyer lemons in some of these recipes:

Meyer Lemon Risotto
Persimmon Lemon Bars (Meyer lemons are our favorite option for lemon bars!)
Kohlrabi, Apple and Hazelnut Salad
Candied Meyer Lemons

How do you like to use your lemons? Do you have a preference between Meyer and Eureka?

How To Add Meyer and Eureka Lemons To Your Delivery: CSA members - head on over to our online Farm Stand Market to customize your upcoming delivery. The Market is open from noon on Thursday until 10 am, 2 days before your scheduled delivery day. After you confirm your produce items, click the orange button "Confirm and Continue To Other Farm Products" to add the products to your delivery. 

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