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Improved Meyer Lemon Tree

Meyer Lemon TreeAs an avid gardener and cook, I like to learn as much as I can about fruit and vegetable varietals.  When I encounter an interesting fruit, I want to learn its name so I can find it again and grow it myself.  But even if you’re not someone who looks through huge beautiful piles of heirloom tomatoes hoping to find one very special Black Krim, you will notice a flavor difference between a Meyer lemon and a standard lemon.  Meyer lemons are smaller, less sour, less acidic, and darker in color than the more classically available Eureka lemon.  The peel is thin and edible, with a very aromatic zest.  Unfortunately their delicate nature makes them difficult to ship, so unless you live in a warm citrus-growing place, they may be a rare find in your local market2.  However, Meyer lemon trees grow well in containers, so you can grow one even if you live in a colder agricultural zone.
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Parfianka Pomegranate Tree

Parfianka Pomegranate Tree Parfianka Pomegranate TreeEach week when I do my grocery shopping, I allow myself a single impulse item.  I usually choose something small and immediately edible, like a chocolate square.  But one sunny April afternoon, our local grocery store put out a cart full of very young fruit trees.  I saw this little pomegranate tree (a leafy stick covered in aphids), and I was in love.  Despite the looks of this tiny tree, I believed in its potential.  Ten dollars is more than I would usually pay for an impulse item, but I justified the cost with dreamy imagery of my future self picking home-grown pomegranates by the bushel.  Of course, there were a few potential complications.  Minor things, like the fact that I live in an apartment, I don’t have a yard, and one day I may have to move cross-country to an agricultural zone too cold for fresh pomegranates.  Details, details!  Screw it, I put the tree in my shopping cart anyway.
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