Fruits / Garden of Eatin'

Lemon Harvest

Lemon harvest

For such a little tree, this thing sure pumps out a lotta lemons every winter!

Basket full of lemons

I harvested a hefty basket of lemons last week, and I didn’t even put a dent in my tree. I’m not sure how many pounds were harvested, but it did require two hands to haul the basket from the garden to the kitchen (and an extra set of hands to pick up all the lemons that kept tumbling out!).

If I had to guess, I’d say this first round yielded at least 60 fat, juicy lemons. And winter’s not even over yet… nor have all my lemons fully ripened.

One can only make so much lemonade, lemon bread, and lemon curd in one season, so for the next two weeks, I’ll show you a few different ways to preserve these fruits at home. You don’t need to be a canner or a cook, but you can still have that bright lemony flavor long after the last lemon has been plucked.

Stay tuned!

Winter lemon harvest

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I'm a plant lover, passionate road-tripper, and cookbook author whose expert advice and bestselling books have been featured in TIME, Outside, HGTV, and Food & Wine. The No-Waste Vegetable Cookbook is my latest book. Garden Betty is where I write about modern homesteading, farm-to-table cooking, and outdoor adventuring—all that encompass a life well-lived outdoors. After all, the secret to a good life is... Read more »