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11/24/2012

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Btw, the sizes here are misleading--the lemons are as big as, often slightly larger than, the satsumas.

Funny, when I think Satsuma, I think of the Satsuma plum, which my dad grew in California.

Meyer lemons make an especially tasty lemon pie.

It's funny. Yesterday when I was at Kroger looking at the Clementines, I was wondering if it was time for your satsumas. Well, I didn't even have to ask.

AMDG

Oh, wow, those are beautiful. The lemons, especially, look almost too good to be true.

We went to my brother-and-sister-in-law's house to watch the Alabama-Auburn game (Roll Tide!), and took a basket full of lemons to them. My sister-in-law ate a lemon just as one would an orange. They're mild, but not, in my opinion, that mild.

About Meyer lemons: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meyer_lemon

These pictures make me feel like you live in a foreign country, Maclin.

Do you make lemon curd?

Pretty foreign to Canada, that's for sure. Considerably less so to D.C. Yes, we (which is to say my wife) have made lemon curd. Not sure she'll have time to do it this year. I happened to be at home when the mailperson came Wednesday and had to bring something to the door, and she was admiring the tree, which at the moment is partially blocking the front steps. She talked about what good lemon curd this kind of lemon makes, so I gave her a bunch of them.

We also have two banana trees, by the way, but they don't bear, although one of them has tried. They have very weird-looking flowers. They get killed back to the ground most winters, but last year we never had a real freeze at all, so now they're sort of out of control.

Foreigner and foreigner. I don't think there are any citrus trees, let alone banana trees, in the DC area. When we first moved here the magnolias and crepe myrtles seemed tropically lush to me, but I've gotten used to them.

Actually our climate is not as dramatically different from DC's as you might expect. The DC summer is very similar, just doesn't last as long. And DC has a real winter. That's the biggest difference I see, having moved here from the middle south: things get drab here in winter but there's never the total absence of green (except for evergreens) that you get further north. We usually do get at least a couple of real freezes over the winter (mid-20s), though we never did last year.

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