Citrus!

The latest additions to my ‘Urban Farm’ are these beautiful citrus trees.

Beautiful scent from citrus trees! Here are the lemons forming behind the flowers.

Beautiful scent from citrus trees! Here are the lemons forming behind the flowers.

The first is Citrus Jimbhiri Shaub Rough Lemon

The Lemon Tree

The Lemon Tree

This rare named variety of wild lemon is extremely vigorous and productive and whilst
often used as a rootstock, produces wonderful round juicy lemons with a bumpy texture. A native of India.

…and the second is Citrus latifolia ‘Tahiti’ Lime.

The lime tree

The lime tree

This is the lime you can buy in the shops. A seedless fruit on a prolific cropping plant, which if left on the tree will eventually turn yellow. The leaves are very aromatic. A great starter plant.

'Baby' lemons forming in the flowers

‘Baby’ lemons forming in the flowers

I’ll be growing them in the new greenhouse I have just made in the back garden for now, taking them outside in the Summer and bringing back under glass in the Autumn. They are already in flower and are showing lots of little fruit. The fruit aren’t the only useful bit, however. The leaves can be used to wrap around meat or fish to add scent and flavour and the flowers are used to make syrup. They are beautifully scented and as you can see are in first class condition.

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Fantastic for those Summer gin and tonics!

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For great ideas for gin cocktails visit…

LIVERPOOL GIN COMPANY LTD

Lime tree in flower

Lime tree in flower

Prior to buying the citrus trees I did a little research and found a wonderful place called The Citrus Centre.

THE CITRUS CENTRE

These people really know about growing citrus and genuinely care about the products. I am absolutely delighted with my purchases, which arrived by courier yesterday. The packages also included very detailed instructions on aftercare and the company offer after sales service which is ultra-friendly and second to none.

 

'Baby' limes forming

‘Baby’ limes forming

COOKING WITH LEMON LEAVES

Recipe shamelessly taken from the wonderful blog of EMIKO DAVIES 

OYSTERS WITH LEMON LEAVES

OYSTERS WITH LEMON LEAVES

  • 12 fresh oysters
  • Drizzle of olive oil
  • Handful of homemade breadcrumbs
  • Handful of chopped mint or parsley
  • Some freshly grated organic lemon zest
  • A clove of garlic, chopped finely
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 12 large organic lemon leaves, wiped clean
  • Some fresh lemon wedges or cheeks for serving

Remove the fresh oysters from their shells and drizzle them with some olive oil. Combine the breadcrumbs, herbs, zest, garlic, salt and pepper in a small bowl, and roll each of the oysters in this mixture then place each on a lemon leaf, fold over the leaf and secure with a toothpick. Bake or grill until the oysters are sizzling and just cooked, about 5 minutes. Serve immediately with some lemon wedges or cheeks. To eat, simply remove the toothpicks, open up the fragrant lemon leaves, squeeze over some lemon juice and use the toothpick to pop that oyster into your mouth – perfect with some crusty ciabatta bread and a little glass of something dry and sparkly.

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G & T with mint from the garden. Don’t mind if I do!

About brendanball

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