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Sour and Sweet

When life gives you lemons, consider turning them into delightful drinks and treats.



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THERE’S SOMETHING INHERENTLY positive about lemons. They add life to any dish. They’re also one of the most versatile ingredients, whether in drinks, main dishes or desserts. Lemons can be used as an accent or the main attraction. Adding lemon slices to roast chicken is an easy and quick way to add a hint of flavor and texture. Zesting perks up any dish, but it works especially well in baking and roasting; be sure to use organic, unwaxed lemons and grate just the top layer. Planting a lemon tree in your backyard is highly recommended — our frost-free coastal California climate makes it easy to grow and harvest year round. Here in Marin, Meyers reign supreme — their dwarf rootstock and year-round production make them very popular, with California-native Eurekas coming in second. Lemon trees are happiest in the sunniest spot in your yard in amended, slightly acidic, well-drained soil. Water and fertilize them regularly for the first year, then less often but deeply as the tree grows.

Click through to each page to learn more about how to make these lemon-filled drinks and treats.

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