When life gives you lemons…

Well…you just have to go ahead and pick them. Then you share the lemon love with friends and neighbours and make delicious dishes like Lemon Rice, Chicken with Za’atar and Lemon or even Lemon and Chili Mussels.


We planted our little tree just over 7 years ago, not long after moving into our Cortijo, or home in the country.  Initially we despaired of ever getting a single lemon from it as, despite the fairly temperate climate all year round, we often get strong winds. Our tiny tree grew but the winds stripped the flowers (which were to be our lemons) and even the leaves from it. Getting 2 puppies a year later who loved to dig also added to the stress for our little tree.


But, all good things come to those who wait. Just look at it now! We’ve been away for 2 months, and at the end of October it was bare of lemons as we’d given some away and picked the rest to take back to England. It seems our “Limonero Lunero” (a lemon tree which flowers every new moon so that you have lemons all year round) thrives on neglect. It’s been a very dry year, we haven’t been around much, and now it’s groaning with lemons.


There are still plenty to be picked, but I made a start. Maybe we’ll have Lemon Ravioli this week…


57 thoughts on “When life gives you lemons…

    1. I remember my grandmother nurturing a little lemon tree in England when I was young. I don’t think it ever got so far as producing fruit and one autumn she didn’t bring it inside before the first frost and that was it. I couldn’t understand then why she was so upset…of course, now I do!

      1. Someone gave me a little lemon tree seedling last year and in spite of my best efforts, it stayed exactly the same size until it died. 😦 But, maybe some day I’ll have one! Meanwhile I will fantasize that it will look like yours!

  1. Yes, lemon curd, preserved, sliced and frozen, lemon meringue pie, sussex pond pudding, dried rings and used for pot pourri, juiced and frozen in ice cubes, loads to do with lemons!!

  2. Trying my hardest to get lemon trees to grow here. Apparently we are “Mediterranean” but this year I am swapping that to desert! Loving the fecundity of your lemon there Ms Chica. Go forth and make curd 🙂

  3. All of those lemons off of one tree? Unbelievable. I’m glad you linked us back to your lemon ravioli recipe. I need to make that dish! I can hear my Grandpa hollerin’ somewhere. He had a small, container lemon tree that he carried indoors and out, depending upon the weather. He finally collected a single lemon from it but you would have thought it a Faberge egg.

    1. This was what my granny did too – hers was also a lemon tree (shrub!) but she never got as far as growing a fruit from it. Thinking of a lemon as a faberge egg really made me smile 🙂

  4. Now that is a wonderful crop of lemons. I’ve thought about planting one in our backyard but there is a disease that has been killing citrus here so I might wait until next year.

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