I've always been in love with all things lemon. But after touring Pidduck Lemon Grove in Ojai, Calif., I found myself adding lemon to almost everything I cooked.
Did you know that lemons are picked at one time? While a lemon tree can yield 500 to 600 pounds of fruit, each golden orb is cut by hand and placed in a cloth sack that's worn over the harvester's shoulder. There's no such thing as a lemon picking machine, unless you count the human hand.
When buying lemons — like Lisbon or Eureka varieties — look for fruit with just a touch of green left on the skin. It will last longer. Meyer lemons (available only January through September) are a lemon-mandarin hybrid. Though treated as a great new discovery, this slightly sweet lemon has been around since 1908.
— By Mary Carter