Meyer lemons first came to the United States a century ago. The Los Angeles Times has rightly called them “furiously addictive.”

When compared to a typical lemon, the Meyer is sweeter and has a thinner peel, with a slightly floral aroma and less acidic taste. Look for the intriguing citrus fruit at your local natural and organic food store, as well as farmers’ markets.

For some culinary inspiration, check out these recipe ideas:

Organic gardeners will love a Meyer Lemon Tree, which can serve as a fragrant houseplant. It ships in a terra cotta clay pot, produces lemons year round and grows to about 8–10 feet tall.

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