All About Lemons - Fifty lemons are a load for one person, but for fifty persons they are perfume.


Luscious lemons Photo by Olympia from Things and thoughts com
Luscious lemons
Photo by Olympia from Things & thoughts com

  I love lemons, I can’t get enough of them, lemon desserts, lemon drinks, lemon scent, anything lemon, well, I have two exceptions, I don’t like the colour yellow, and I’m not keen on savoury dishes flavoured with lemon, but sweet lemon desserts, I could eat them all day, that would be my lemon heaven.

Give me lemons!
Give me lemons!

 For as long as I can remember, my passion for anything lemon has been with me, as a child, when friends went for chocolate ice cream, I chose lemon, they wanted orange juice, I wanted lemon juice, and as for strawberry - filled chocolate bars, you can keep them, give me lemon - filled.


My delicious homemade lemon ice cream, lashings of limoncello and lemon curd. Photo - Greeker than the Greeks
My delicious homemade lemon ice cream, lashings of limoncello and lemon curd.
Photo - Greeker than the Greeks

 My family knows better than to bring me chocolate, it has to be something lemon, when ordering dessert in a restaurant, or cake in a coffee shop, I don’t need the menu, I just ask ‘what do have that’s lemon flavoured?

When I make a cake, a dessert, ice cream, yes, you guessed, it’s invariably lemon-flavoured, most of my recipes are lemon recipes


My sweet Granddaughter with my lemon drizzle cake Why make one when you can make two? Photo- Greeker than the Greeks
My sweet Granddaughter with my lemon drizzle cake
Why make one when you can make two?
Photo- Greeker than the Greeks

 My next lemon experiment, is to make limoncello,  something I’ve been yearning to do for ages, each time it came to mind though, it wasn’t lemon season here in Greece, most people think lemons are a summer thing, but no, they’re harvested during the winter months, and I wanted to use lemons straight from the tree, not bought in a shop.

This year, I have vowed to myself that limoncello is definitely going to happen; I shall seek expert advice from my gorgeous Italian friend, Mirella.


Limoncello- Photo courtesy of tastingeverything com
Limoncello- Photo courtesy of tastingeverything com

Lemons weren’t always grown in Greece, it’s thought they originated in Asia, and made their way to Europe, via Italy, famous for juicy Sorrento lemons, around the second century AD.


Greek lemons Photo  - Greeker than the Greeks
Greek lemons
Photo  - Greeker than the Greeks

Greece is awash with lemon trees, there are acres and acres of lemon groves, nearly every Greek garden has a lemon tree, but not mine!

How can this be, you may be thinking, a passion for lemons and no lemon tree?

 Well, I nearly had a lemon tree in our garden, which I had patiently grown from a lemon pip, I took care of it as if it were my baby, my patience and care paid off, it was flourishing.

 When the lemon tree was large enough, I transplanted it from its pot, to the garden and proudly checked its progress each morning.

One morning, my tiny lemon tree was was gone, I rubbed my eyes and looked again, no, it was not there.

I asked MGG (My Greek God) if he knew anything about the tree’s whereabouts, at first, he didn’t know what I was talking about, when the penny dropped; he looked at me sheepishly and admitted that he had wrenched it out by its roots!

‘Why’ I asked, ‘and what did you do with it?’

 He had thought it was a weed, and had thrown it over the garden wall, on to some waste ground, (The only time I was happy to hear this, his habit of throwing garden cuttings over the wall drives me crazy).

I ordered MGG to go and look for the poor little lemon tree and bring it back, which he did, he didn’t dare refuse.

I planted the tree again but it just shriveled up.
 From shock I suppose.

I now have a new little lemon tree on the go, again, grown from a pip, MGG is not allowed anywhere near it, and, in the future, if it bears fruit, he’s not having any of it!


Lemon tree very pretty - grown from a lemon pip Photo - Greeker than the Greeks
Lemon tree very pretty - grown from a lemon pip
Photo - Greeker than the Greeks

 My love for lemons is not only restricted to their flavour, I adore their smell too, so fresh and clean, so tangy, so, well, just so lemony!

Body lotion, shower gel, furniture polish, floor cleaner, it all has to have the whiff of lemons, our house smells like one big lemon!

I’m sure I don’t need to tell you, you already know, right? But, I only wear lemon scent; Eau d’Hadrian by Annick Goutal is my first choice.


Eau d'Hadrian by Annick Goutal
Eau d'Hadrian by Annick Goutal


When finances are not what they should be, I buy an amazingly cheap, Greek, lemon cologne, Mirto,  from the supermarket and splash it everywhere, I spray it on bed linen before ironing; I spray it in the air as an air freshener, it costs around five Euros, which is about £4.50, I’ve seen the same cologne on EBay UK for £15.00, I kid you not.


Mirto -  cheap & cheerful Greek lemon cologne
Mirto -  cheap & cheerful Greek lemon cologne

 When I first arrived in Greece, in 1977, all the Greek men used this lemon cologne as aftershave (MGG still does), and mothers cooled their babies down with it in summer, it’s the smell of Greece!

‘Fifty lemons are a load for one person, but for fifty persons they are perfume.’
Ethiopian proverb

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