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Sep 6, 2008 08:37 AM

Pronounce "Meyer" Lemon, Please!

I have looked everywhere but cannot find the correct pronunciation of the "Meyer" in Meyer Lemon. I have heard both "mee-er" and "my-er". We have a Meyer Lemon tree and I feel I should be able to pronounce what I grow...

Thank you to anyone who can help!

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    1. re: malibumike

      I second mailbumike's pronunciation.

    2. My-er as in Oscar Mayer Weiners!

      1. I heard Alton Brown say my-er on Top Chef today. He's always right, isn't he?

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        1. re: James Cristinian

          LOL :) in this case, he is. do you mean Iron Chef America? Alton has never been on TC...

          1. re: goodhealthgourmet

            Correct. It was Iron Chef America. Thank you.

            1. re: James Cristinian

              Thanks to everyone - now I can feel confident in pronouncing the darned things, and confident that I can promptly forget it in three years when it stops bearing fruit...Thanks!

              1. re: eggl

                No, no, no. I'm pretty sure BD meant it takes three years to start. A tree should last a long time once it gets going. My huge old tree drowned during a wet winter. Now I have a dwarf in a pot and it's taken close to three years to start producing more than one lemon at a time.

        2. We say My-Yer. And that tree outside won't give good fruit after 3 years but the Ponderosa right next to it is chugging along a bit more nicely.

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          1. re: Boccone Dolce

            Is that true that a newly planted meyer lemon tree is only productive for three years, or did you mean to say it won't produce good fruit until it is at least three years old? I just planted one myself in February, so am curious.

            1. re: janniecooks

              A healthy Meyer lemon tree will bear fruit for decades, just like any other fruit tree. If you reread Boccone Dolce's post, it's not miswritten; just insert the word "still" before "won't give" to clarify her meaning.

              1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                Oops sorry y'all! Caitlin read me right. I should have said that we planted it 3 or maybe 4 years ago and are hoping it's ready to start giving up edible lemons. After comparing notes with natives, I understand this to be normal. We pulled all the fruit as soon as it sprouted the 1st year, and let them grow the 2nd and 3rd year, but we have hopes for this year! We planted it from a wee baby so it's still shorter than I am.

                Our other tree is the Ponderosa. I walked the dog out there last night and pulled a few Ponderosa's (bigass lemons) and haven't cut into them- I don't think they are ripe for another few months but these were laying in the ground and pulling the branches down, so I plucked... And carried them in tucked in the bottom of my shirt, giggling like a kid.

                We also have a lemon/lime tree that is all leaves-I think it died last winter. But the regular lemon tree is doing good, just has lots of pits and nothing gets yellow yet, only green, but they work good in marinades...

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