Claire 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.
By 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:
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:
and of course, Lots of Lemon!
P.S. A good lemon squeezer makes all the difference. There 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!