Brighten up

Meyer lemons

Illustration by Sarah Hansel

Of all the bountiful citrus available in the winter, Meyer lemons most represent California. They were introduced to the U.S. from China and now grow widely in our state. As an exceptionally fragrant cross between a tart lemon and a sweeter orange relative, Meyers feature a high juice content. Their subtle sweetness pairs especially well with chicken and vegetables and makes an easy vinaigrette. Because their thinner skins bruise easily, they don’t ship as well as other citrus. Hoard them now and freeze the juice for the most aromatic summer lemonade.