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life with lemons…..

We have 2 lemon trees.  At the moment they are in the polytunnel near the door.  The scent of the flowers is delicious and I get a concentrated hit of perfume first thing in the morning when I open up the tunnel.

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Citrus are not hardy and need protection in a bright, cool, frost free place over winter.  The plant is self fertile and pollen can be transferred by misting, but we have a ritual; whoever opens up the tunnel does a quick once over, with a small paint brush, transferring pollen from one flower onto the stigma of another.

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The fruit take take up to a year to ripen so it’s possible to have them on the tree at the same time as the waxy, white flowers.

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At the moment I’m freezing whole the ripe lemons.  Once defrosted they’ll be okay to use for juice but probably not zest as the skins will soften – which is fine because these fruit were on the trees when we bought them and would have been sprayed so avoiding the zest is no bad thing.  No slices in a G&T!

Hopefully we will produce some of our own lemons from the pollinated flowers which I intend to turn into Hamad m’rakhad, (preserved lemons).

… until then I’ll make do with the lemon sky this evening.

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