More On Lemons

Lemon still lifeClaire is right, “Must Love Lemons”! Buy them every week and use them generously. My husband and I have been on a road trip from Boston to Naples. No, not Italy but Florida. After Claire’s post I decided to read about the history of this versatile, refreshing fruit. The Spanish brought lemons to Florida in the 1400’s but by the late 1800’s a cold spell destroyed the lemon industry.

Lemon treeBy the 1950’s Central Florida recovered, boasting over 8,000 acres of lemon trees. But thirty years later when the temperature dropped to below 25 degrees, it caused a lot of damage to the crop. Today Arizona and California are the major sources of lemons with competition from Italy, Spain and Greece as well.

Anyway getting back to our road trip;we stopped for a few days in Charlotte, North Carolina to visit family. My sister in law Jeanine, took us to a tiny Greek restaurant for lunch where she and I ordered the most refreshing simple salad. I can’t remember the name, but here it is:
Shredded Cabbage
Arugula
White Onion
Olive Oil
Lemon juice
You could top this with Grilled Chicken, Fish or Lamb Kabobs. I tried to copy it when we got settled in Naples and now we are eating variations for lunch and dinner.

Then in Sarasota we had dinner in a Columbian restaurant where we shared a Tomato Salad:
Tomatoes
White Onion
Oregano
Olive Oil
and of course, Lots of Lemon!

These simple fresh tastes are the best on earth. Once you begin to eat like this you never want to go back to processed food.artificial lemon Get the real deal and don’t bother with imitations like this.

P.S. A good lemon squeezer makes all the difference. Lemon squeezersThere are many types but here is my husband at Sur la table displaying the one that I use in a variety of colors! So brighten your dishes and squeeze your heart out!

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5 thoughts on “More On Lemons

  1. Yum! I have to be careful with how much lemon I eat due to the acidity – but did I ever show you my “citrus reamer” collection? Remind me to do that one day… Love the article as always. Enjoy the sunshine, it’s snowing again this morning…

  2. This is what is growing in my kitchen. Couldn’t live without my private stock! And they always look so pretty in the kitchen.

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