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Saturday, February 05, 2011


♫ Lemon Tree Very Pretty...but this fruit IS possible to eat!

This is my backyard lemon tree. The subject of my second citrus tree blog. These lovely lemons are sweet and juicy. I'm guessing that the variety is a hybrid, possibly Limoniera or Meyer since the fruit are pretty round and full.
My family members always ask if the lemons are ready when they pay a visit. These lemons make perfect lemonade, but the secret is making a sugar syrup instead of trying to make the sugar dissolve without the aid of some heat (Thank You Alton Brown for the syrup idea.) I not sure if splenda would make a good syrup, but you could probably use agave nectar since it is already in liquid form. But even if you use old fashioned cane, everything in moderation...this is worth it for me.

Here goes the recipe:
Perfect Lemonade

Ingredients:

1 cup sugar (can reduce to 3/4 cup)
1 cup water (for the simple syrup)
1 cup lemon juice
3 to 4 cups cold water (to dilute)

Method:

1 Make simple syrup by heating the sugar and water in a small saucepan until the sugar is dissolved completely.

2 While the sugar is dissolving juice enough lemons for one cup of juice (4 - 6 of the store-bought ones.)

3 Add the juice and the sugar water to a pitcher. Add 3 to 4 cups of cold water (I use filtered), more or less to the desired strength. Refrigerate 30 to 40 minutes. If the lemonade is a little sweet for your taste, add a little more straight lemon juice to it.

That's it! Let me know how it came out.
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DEBBIEANNE1124 3/27/2014 1:12PM

    You are listed as motivator of the day. In the spark people email notifications. Yeah! Congratulations. Loved this Lemonade recipe and will sure make it. You can do some terrific healthy salad dressings as well with your lovely yellow fruits.

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EJB2801 3/27/2014 9:39AM

    And you can make the syrup according to directions with the full cup of sugar, but just use a bit less of the syrup when making your lemonade.

I do like sweet lemonade, so I would probably take your moderation advice and use the full syrup but drink less of the finished product. That's what I do with homemade hot chocolate here in chilly rural Pennsylvania!

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APRILSHOWER555 3/26/2011 10:21PM

    I am a lemon eater. More so since my surgery! For some reason, I crave lemon wedges with a little salt after most meals!

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NONERSAYS 2/24/2011 4:03PM

    My neighbor had a lemon tree, and said we could have as many lemons off it as we wanted. Only, the lemons cross-pollinated with a lime tree and the year after that with a grapefruit trree. Now I'm not entirely sure WHAT you could call the fruit other than nasty. lol

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CATLADY_56 2/7/2011 2:25PM

    I love lemonade. I drink Crystal lite. I don't have a lemon tree. They don't do well in the climate in Wisconsin. emoticon

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