When Life Gives You Lemons . . . Be Grateful

By Molly Beverly / Photography By Gary Beverly | Last Updated February 15, 2015
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Search out lemons.  Use all that you find. Plant a lemon tree. Four lemon recipes to try now.

Lemon tree very pretty and the lemon flower is sweet,

But the fruit of the poor lemon is impossible to eat.

—Sung by Peter, Paul and Mary, written by Will Holt, derived from a Brazilian folk tune

It’s a cute song, but it’s not true. If you have a lemon tree in your backyard you are lucky. If you know of a lemon tree in your neighborhood you are lucky. If you can buy Arizona-grown lemons you are lucky. If you live in the Arizona desert you are lucky because it is an ideal climate for growing lemons.

Plant a lemon tree. A full-size mature tree produces 1,000–2,000 fruits per season. If you have one you must be very grateful and very generous. I’m on a campaign to use all lemons to their fullest potential. No wasted lemons!

Arizona Limoncello

Arizona Limoncello
I recently returned from a trip to Southern Italy, where I became fond of limoncello, a classic digestif designed to revitalize the digestion after a fulsome meal. In Italy, homemade limoncello was...

Spiced Preserved Lemons

Spiced Preserved Lemons in a jar
With this easy salt fermentation, lemons can be mellowed so they are a delicious addition to salads, beans and stews. The recipe takes 20–30 days.

Lemon Marmalade

Sliced lemons for use in Lemon Marmalade
More lemons? Lemon marmalade consists of just lemons, water and sugar. It’s simple and easy and uses more lemons. The bitter white of the lemon with its load of antioxidants also contains pectin, a...

Sicilian Lemon-Almond Cake

Sicilian Lemon-Almond Cake
While the marmalade is resting on the stove, boil a few whole lemons for this rustic lemon-almond cake. Moist and amazing because it has no flour (thus gluten free) and relies on ground almond meal...
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