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7 ways to celebrate winter citrus season

By: Lindsey Reynolds on Jan. 22, 2020, 1:46 p.m.
closeup of Meyer lemon still attached to tree

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Meyer lemon

The love child of a regular lemon and a mandarin orange, this sweet citrus first came to the United States from China by way of its namesake, Frank Meyer, who was an adventurous Dutch immigrant working for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Sweeter than a lemon but more tart than an orange, the rinds also boast an intoxicating herbal scent similar to bergamot or spices. While regular lemons are readily available in grocery stores year-round, you'll usually only find the coveted Meyers from December to May. Allow all the flavor nuances of this delicate citrus to shine, peels and all, in this Meyer Lemon Shaker Pie.