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The Power Of The Lovely Lemon Tree

As the weather starts getting colder here comes the citrus season, and I have to admit: I have a crush for my lovely lemon tree.

Just when we need that extra dose of vitamin C Mother Nature starts cranking it out. She’s also watching out for our mental state of mind by giving us the beauty of a lemon tree laden with cheery yellow fruit to look at during the drab days of winter. Even if you don’t have a tree, a bowl of the fruit on the countertop greeting you in the kitchen can brighten your day.

 

Why Do I Love Lemons

 

Meyer lemons are my favourite. They are a cross between a mandarin and lemon so they are sweeter than regular lemons and delightfully florally fragrant. Their skin is flexible and the pith (that bitter white stuff between the skin and the fruity part) is thin making this variety edible when it is thinly sliced and added to cooked dishes or even salads. You can now understand my preference as I am crazy about cooking!

Another beautiful thing about lemons is that they go both ways meaning they are wonderful in savoury dishes as well as sweet ones – lemon vinaigrettes, lemon marinated chicken, lemon bars, lemon cakes, lemonade.

My mouth is watering just thinking about the possibilities. When the lemons start coming in and my lemon tree gives me more than I can use at one time, I zest the skin and freeze it as well as freezing the juice in ice cube trays.

 

Doctor Lemon Tree In The House

  • Meyer lemons have that immunity boosting vitamin C which is a great thing in the winter months.
  • They also contain antioxidant flavinoids reputed to prevent cancer, heart disease, and inflammation.
  • Citrus also contains rutin, a bioflavinoid that helps circulation. Any time we can improve circulation I think that helps our brains to function and helps us to think more clearly and I hope to meditate better.

It’s not too hard to grow a Meyer lemon tree if you live in a place with hot summers and have a protected-from-freezing place to keep it in the winter. They don’t get very big – about six feet tall so they are suitable for containers, which can be moved around according to the season.

They aren’t too hard to grow either, just keep in mind a couple of things – they need consistent deep water but not too often and they require a lot of fertilizer, particularly acid fertilizer. When they bloom the fragrance is really spectacular and the fruit has so many uses why not try growing a lemon tree yourself?

 

SparkYourBloom Today And Everyday!

 

Belinda is a writer, editor, explorer, cook and gardener. She loves to travel and goes wherever frequent flyer miles will take her. When she is not roving round the planet, diving in the sea, or skiing down a mountain she might be found working in her impractically large vegetable garden or sitting amidst a stack of cookbooks concocting ideas for some crazy new thing to cook in the kitchen. She has practiced yoga for twenty years and two years ago started a meditation practice, which is still very much a work in progress. She lives in Northern California.

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