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Apr 12, 2010 08:39 AM

Meyer Lemons

Just wanted to give a heads-up to everyone - I just picked up 3 packs of MEYER LEMONS yesterday at the Provigo in the Plateau (on Mt-Royal corner St. Urbain). Its rare that I buy fruit/veggies at the larger grocers but I will usually go through during my 'non-perishables' run just to check for these kinds of gems and VOILA! The color caught my eye right away and I couldn't be happier. They're a little pricey (about $4 for a bag of 4 lemons) and they are waxed (wouldn't really expect otherwise in Montreal with Meyers) but its better than not!

Now on to what too make with them... thinking some marmalade, some fresh pasta, and maybe some preserved lemons. I guess we'll have to see how much I can 'squeeze' out of them ;).

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  1. I noticed them at Chez Louis this weekend, I believe they were $1.99 each (but they were a good size).

    1. I found a 5-pack of Meyer lemon for $2.69 at Milano's this week-end.

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      1. re: mystikdrey

        Milano's? Really? I think I'll take a trip up Saint Laurent this weekend. Had picked some up at Chez Nino last summer that were pretty bad (over ripe), I ended up having him (Nino) throw out half his stock as they'd been sitting there unattended and uncared for. I wasn't too impressed, and had promised a few jars of marmalade if he could call me when they were in better shape. Needless to say I never heard from him (can you blame him, I made the guy throw out half of his $3.99/lb fruit lol).

        Seville Oranges at Akhavan though, and at $1.49/lb for those of you interested ;).

      2. I just bought an 18-pack of Meyer lemons for $6.99 at Costco (Fort). They are a nice size, but not as sweet as some I've bought in the past.

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        1. re: mystikdrey

          That's not bad at all - I need more for preserving, and Provigo (on Mount Royal ouest) had the bags of 6 lemons for $3 again but they were ridiculously underripe...

          Thanks for the heads up!

          1. re: mystikdrey

            Super C, next to Atwater Market has them as well. American ones...

          2. These things seem to be popping up all over the place. I got some at the PA on Parc the other day. Sorry I don't remember the price but it was a plastic bag of about 6 lemons. I have to say, I'm not sure what the fuss is about! I used some in a lemon loaf and while taking the rind off with a microplane, they smelled kind of pine-y...not a bad smell, but not very lemon-y. I tasted the juice and didn't find it all that different than regular lemon juice. What's so great about these things? Maybe lemon loaf is not the best way to use them?

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            1. re: stak

              I find them floral and less tart, with a much stronger perfume compared to standard lemons. I've made marmalade and preserved them in salt, made Limoncello, and turned them into one of my favorite deserts (Meyer lemon cake with Lavender cream; see: My wife loves them as lemonade (an admittedly expensive one lol) and my dad likes it in lemon/poppyseed cake. I personally find that you lose a bit of it because of the poppyseeds but he loves it. I guess that's just it though - everyone has a palate unique to themselves and appreciates it in different ways. The fun part of it is finding the one that gets you, and when you do you'll be as bad as me, on the watch for them once Nov-Dec rolls around. Try some zest with a simple pasta dish, olive oil and Parmesan kind of thing. A custard is always great too, and that "pineyness" really comes through. All things considered though I think the Limoncello surprised me the most in its intensity of flavor, and definitely something I plan on making again.

              1. re: error_911

                They make a great Tom Collins as well and worked great with the Victoria Gin.

                1. re: error_911

                  Thanks for the ideas...I have several left so will have to try something else with them. Update on what they have at PA on Parc: it's a one-pound bag of 8 small lemons, for $2.99

                  1. re: error_911

                    where do you buy lavender blossoms for your cake, and how long are these lemons around (noticed some in 5 saisons)

                2. Ya well, this guy error_911 lemon marmalade is to die for.I should know, I tried a few jars.
                  Thank you error,

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                  1. re: diamonds088

                    There's still some meyer lemons left at PA. I guess they're pretty old, but at $3 a bag for 4-5. I smoked some lemons and they make a nice lemonade with bourbon.

                      1. re: Simon Patrice

                        No real recipe, juice of the smoked lemon, sugar (or agave), soda water and as much bourbon you can handle :-)