I greatly miss the delicious variety of apples we were able to get in both Ohio and Illinois, but each place has its specialties. In Arizona, one of them is citrus (and we’re also eating soft, delicious dates from Yuma, Arizona.) Driving home a few days ago, I noticed a neighbor had a table on the sidewalk in front of their house filled with plastic grocery bags of something and big box as well. I made a swift U-turn and discovered the fruit was lemons, mostly enormous and all delicious-looking! I took a good bagful and when the next day arrived with bags still available, we took another one.

As the saying goes, when life gives you lemons, make lemonade. So far I’ve made lemonade for my parents as well as for us and as the pitcher is waiting to be washed, another round is in the near future. I really think I should do something with the peels and I have to look up some other recipes soon to make the best use of them, the best use except for photos. πŸ™‚ I also make a ginger-lemon drink that’s quite good warm or cold and of course very healthy as well.

This Graphite app is made by BeCasso but the photo is the one above by me.

for Jude’s Life in Colour/color 21

Comments
  1. pommepal says:

    Lemons are so expensive here almost $1 each and imported from USA

  2. I like this edit a lot!!

  3. VO says:

    Ohhh that makes me think about Italy…….

  4. peggy says:

    How great to get fresh lemons. I knew Arizona was a great place to buy citrus.

  5. Alison says:

    We have a lemon tree as do lots of people in Perth ..there is only so much you can do with them! Very useful for my hubby’s cocktail ! 🍸

  6. de Wets Wild says:

    Now you have my mouth watering for a tall glass of cold lemonade, Janet.

  7. Dan Antion says:

    I have never had fresh lemons. I’m guessing that lemonade is very good.

  8. restlessjo says:

    Lemon drizzle cake? πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  9. Love your photo and what the graphic did with it. Fascinating!

  10. Now I’m impressed because you really have a NEIGHBOR. πŸ™‚

    • We live in a suburb so lots of neighbors, although we haven’t met many of them, just see them in passing. These people are a few houses down and across the street and I’ve never seen them at all. I did write “Thanks” on their sign, though. (It was a piece of paper, so I wasn’t destroying anything.)

  11. Yum! I can almost smell them! Candied Lemon peels? Zest them and freeze the zest for cooking, freeze some juice in an ice cube tray to save frozen for recipes? Lemon tart?

    • I wondered about freezing the zest because that would be really handy and not take up much space in the freezer. I’ve frozen juice before but the problem is that our freezer, an under the fridge one, is FULL! πŸ™‚ I’ll have to try the candied lemon peels and lemon tart sounds delish!!

      • Our freezer is under the fridge too. They don’t hold that much I’ve discovered over the years. We have two refrigerators/freezers I can’t tell you how dependent on the second one we’ve become. Both freezers are well stocked.

      • We’ve been talking about a freezer to go in the garage. It would probably labor during the summer, though. But I noticed our neighbors with 6 girls have a fridge and a freezer in their garage, so it must work.

      • We keep our fizzy water, and soda and some food in the fridge out in the garage. It’s nice having cold drinks and not take up space in the house fridge.

  12. Great use of the lemons!

  13. Heyjude says:

    These are great lemons! Here we can only buy very small ones. We have one squeezed every morning with water to wake up our taste buds! You could preserve lemons. I have recently bought a jar as they are used in a Moroccan recipe (before I found the jar I have just used fresh lemons). Not sure what they are preserved in but I am sure you can Google a recipe!

    Thanks for linking it to my yellow month – I actually have a bowl of lemons coming up during the month!
    Jude xx

    • Aren’t search engines great for looking for recipes (and other things as well)? We use DuckDuckGo, which doesn’t track where we search. I know about preserved lemons so I may look into that. Not all these lemons are so large but many of them remind me of those I saw many, many years ago on Naxos, Greece–almost the size of grapefruit!

      • Heyjude says:

        My OH uses that search engine too.
        Some of the large citrus fruits have very thick skins so the amount of juice might not be much better than the smaller, thinner skinned ones.

      • Our landlady brought us some lemons not long ago that were thin-skinned and not very tart. I found out they were Meyer lemons, which I’d never bought before because they’re often expensive. They don’t work well for lemonade, though. Not tart enough.

      • Heyjude says:

        I have heard of those. I think they grow well here.

  14. Mary Jo Malo says:

    The cool shadows on the sunny, warm lemons is lovely. They add movement to a still life.

  15. Su Leslie says:

    I’ve used citrus peel as a household cleaner. I can’t quite remember the recipe, but I think you soak the peel in vinegar and use the liquid, diluted in water.

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