Thursday, May 7, 2009

meyer lemons

I love lemons, especially meyer lemons, so last winter, when we had a visitor bring us a HUGE bag of his home grown meyer lemons, pesticide free, organic and gorgeous I was grateful, the first time I cut into one, I was amazed these were special lemons, the segments were perfectly proportioned, the pith was pristine and white the scent was heavenly, the juice sweeter than orange juice....I baked with the juice, making lemon bread, lemon bars, lemon cookies, home brewed ginger beer with those lemon's juice, made lemonade, used it on fish, in homemade cheese, in pasta sauce, salad dressing, in tea, and then about 2 weeks into the lemon fest I cut into a rather large meyer and for whatever reason the idea HIT me, hey save these seeds.......i did some online research and discovered the method to attempt to sprout a seedling from the citrus seed, I decided to try because the citrus seeds cannot be saved and used later, if you are going to attempt to sprout them they have to stay wet....so in January I put them in seed starting pellets, in the tray on top of the fridge and hoped for some green luck.........I was verbally joking in February and March how I must have been an idiot to think I could do this, the tray had no signs of life, I even opened a pellet to see the seed still there untouched, unchanged........I have been tempted to toss the seed pellets into the composter, or reuse them to grow beets, but for some unknown, uncharacteristic motive of patience I just left them on top of the fridge, keeping them lightly moist and warm with the dome on the case......about late march I saw what I thought was mold on them and again thought to toss them into the trash........but something in me could not do it..........late in April I had forgotten what was in the tray, I have two and never labeled them, so when I saw green under the dome I took the top off and assumed it was the tomatoes I had put in earlier in the month.........but today as they sat on my window ledge I looked at them closer and noticing they seemed to grow an inch overnight, with waxy, shiny leaves, it hit me like a brick...Oh MY freaking Heck, those are Lemon seedlings, not just any lemon but the meyer lemons gifted to me that I respected so much for their perfection I thought I should preserve them.......now ecstatic and joyful, I worry how I will mother them for the 15 years it will take for them to bear fruit!

1 comment:

tracy said...

That was a really NICE post and I loved the photographs. they were beautiful.... and i love tea :)