Loaded with Lemons

Meyer Lemons on Tree

Our Meyer lemons are just about ripe and we have a ton of them.  This lemon monster was pruned back quite a bit before we moved in but it definitely got away from us again.  The tree is so loaded with lemons that the branches sagged to the ground and just started growing out along the pavement!  It needs a lot of thinning, but we just can’t bring ourselves to cut off any of the unripe lemons.

Monster Meyer Lemon Tree

There are lemons on top of lemons on top of lemons.

Even More Meyer Lemons

Most of them are still a bit green, but I’m expecting them to be fully ripe within the next couple of weeks.  When that happens, we’ll start thinning it (and handing out lemons to whoever will take them) and try to turn it back into our pretty and happy little lemon tree.  Meanwhile, I just realized that we still have one last basil plant.  It looks like I’d better come up with some recipes using both lemons and basil while I still have access to both!

Basil, Tomatoes, and Meyer Lemons

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10 Comments
  1. Laura

    When I worked in restaurants I would have loved you for ever if you had given me some meyer lemons, they are so expensive but so delectable to make dessert.

    I can’t believe your tree! It is the best looking meyer lemon tree I have ever seen.

    Be careful with pruning, the tree will respond with even more growth if you prune it too much.

    “Citrus are evergreen trees, thus generally require
    less pruning than deciduous trees. However, they
    do need to be pruned regularly for optimal fruit
    quality and productivity. ”
    http://ucanr.edu/sites/placernevadasmallfarms/files/134946.pdf

    7:15 pm  Nov 5th, 2013
  2. Julia Dawn Mason

    Our Meyer lemon tree is also loaded with lemons. I will be using some of them to make the Seriously Lemon Tart for my Daylily clubs’ Christmas party contribution to the meal.

    7:16 pm  Nov 5th, 2013
  3. Sabrina Modelle

    I am soooo jealous! Meyer lemons are the best thing in the whole entire world. I love lemons go through so so many. When we move out of the forest, a meyer lemon is the first thing I’m planting! Can’t wait to see what you’ll do with all those beauties.

    9:24 pm  Nov 5th, 2013
  4. Andee

    Oh my gosh! If I lived near you, I would be begging to take some of the lemons off your hands! My mom loves meyers and I use them to make a meyer lemon honey jelly. I live in the Rockies where the snow blows like crazy and lemon trees are potted plants. :( I’ve got to schedule a trip southwest soon!

    9:20 am  Nov 6th, 2013
  5. Renee

    Wow! That is incredible! It looks so beautiful! I wish we could have one here- just way too cold! I’d make all kinds of lemon bars and lemon chicken…. all the time!

    9:30 am  Nov 6th, 2013
  6. Sean

    I am infinitely jealous. We have a dwarf meyer down in our slot canyon of a “backyard,” and it does produce pretty well when it comes into season. But Not like that!

    9:48 am  Nov 6th, 2013
  7. Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl

    This is one gorgeous lemon tree! Love that color! Enjoy!

    8:23 am  Nov 7th, 2013
  8. Winnie

    Wow! Color me green with envy :)

    10:34 am  Nov 7th, 2013
  9. Analida's Ethnic Spoon

    I love just about any lemon dessert. My husband makes an Italian limoncello. The recipe calls for about 30 lemons that would be a good way to use a few

    7:09 pm  Nov 7th, 2013
  10. Beth C.

    So. Jealous. ;)

    1:01 pm  Nov 18th, 2013
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