Lemons and Sugar: A Winter Treat

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Lemons have a distinctly summer association, at least in this country. Lemonade and popsicles abound during July and August in particular. It's quite an odd phenomenon, considering lemons are in fact a winter fruit. Most types of lemons (and in most climates) ripen sometime during the fall or winter months. The same is true of oranges.

I prefer consuming fruits during their harvest season. Most fruits just fit with their season so well that they bring out the particular pleasures of each time of year. Peaches for summer, apples in fall, citrus in winter. Truthfully, though, I could easily eat lemons every day. I've always loved tangy, sour flavors and I would happily drink gallons of lemonade if I thought my pancreas could handle the sugar.

Although I cook and eat lemons year round, there's still something special about lemons in winter. My mother's coworker has a lemon tree in her backyard and has been kind enough to share her excess lemons. Whenever I get ahold of one, I like to eat it this way: cut in half with sugar sprinkled on top for a lovely sweet and sour dessert. The sugar cuts the tanginess just enough to keep it from puckering your tastebuds, and the combination tastes something like a highly concentrated lemonade. The perfect winter treat.

Do you have any odd winter snacks?

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