Here are some recipes to try when you harvest your new plants!
These are perfect Citrus trees – especially in terms of ease of care and large fruit set, Meyer Lemons are the number one citrus grown worldwide!
It’s easy to grow your own! If you live where winter temps dip below 20°F, simply plant it in a container! You’ll bring the trees indoors, and put them in front of your sunniest window during the winter months! Plus you’ll enjoy a fantastic houseplant and summer patio accent! You’ll love the compact, upright growth habit, glossy, dark green evergreen leaves give a tropical flair to your landscape.
Meyer Lemon trees are said to have a Mandarin Orange parent That’s why the fruit’s rind is more orange than yellow. It’s also why the ripe fruit is sweeter than a true lemon and has a hint of orange flavor. The Meyer is a winner for fresh eating and lemonade.
Meyer Lemons are not reliably available in grocery stores. Even though they win taste tests, they just don’t ship well with their thin rind. Meyer Lemons are rounder than traditional lemons and are slightly less acidic, though they maintain their tart lemon quality while the skin is yellow. Once the skin turns light orange, it’ll get even sweeter. The flesh, juice, and rind are all highly prized by chefs. The Meyer Lemon is included with most all recipes requiring lemons. Good with fish, great in marinades, with tea and to make a fresh lemon pie. .
Bearrs or Persian Lime Trees
With the Persian Bearss, you get the distinct flavor, delicious, seedless fruit, and a great patio plant that will produce indoors. So, no matter your climate, you’ll have large limes the size of lemons and a hardy tree that’s drought tolerant and pest resistant, indoors or out.
Also known as the Tahiti Lime or Bearss Lime, the Persian Lime is the most popular lime around…and for good reason. Trademark lime-green fruit, dripping with citrus flavor, will populate your tree season after season. Persian Limes combine the savory blend of a Key Lime and a lemon, but without the seeds, bitterness, or acidity. Its full size practically weighs down the branches, giving you a lime that’s simply unbeatable.
But the best part is you can harvest your limes right inside your home. Pot up your Persian Lime and place it by a sunny window in your favorite room, and you’ll be amazed at all the limes that arrive each winter!
Mexican or Key Lime Trees
One of the most noticeable differences between regular limes and key limes is the size and color of the limes. More often than not, key lime is smaller and more yellow than regular lime. When sliced in half, you’ll also notice that the key lime has thinner skin and contains more seeds.
Look in any bartender’s tray across the country and you’ll probably find neat triangles of squeezable cut limes. These are Mexican Key Limesand they add a wonderful boost of flavor when spritzing a cocktail, a glass of sparkling water, or a taco. And don’t get us started on the sweet-tart taste of Key Lime pie.
The fragrant flower buds are purple-tinged and open to pure, waxy white. They’ll perfume the air with a wonderfully fresh citrus scent. Even the leaves release a marvelous lime scent when crushed. Try them in potpourri or homemade soaps and shampoo bars.
Mexican Key Lime is also known as Bartenders Lime, due to its great flavor and high juice content. It’s also called the West Indian Lime, to recognize where this lime was first propagated in the West Indies. Smaller, sweeter, and thinner skinned than Persian lime varieties, Mexican Key Limes are true limes. Even though their thin skin can be green or yellow-green, they are packed with juice. The small, tart fruit has a wonderful flavor with outstanding floral hints.
Brown Turkey Fig
An attractive deciduous tree with an intriguing winter silhouette. Produces very tasty, brownish purple fruit in late spring and again in late summer. A beautiful specimen for garden or landscape, requiring only light annual pruning.
Chicago Hardy Fig tree
Known for being especially cold-hardy and producing small, brown to purple colored figs. The inside of the fruit is colored a lovely shade that looks like strawberry jam.
This is the perfect plant to accent your patio—with the bonus of fresh figs! The cheerful foliage has attractive broad leaves, and the figs grow green until ripening into darker fruit. When planted in containers, the fig can be brought indoors during the winter months.
A bushy, strong-scented perennial herb with lavender flower spikes rising above its gray to green foliage. It not only is a beautiful garden plant but also has culinary and medicinal value. The commonly-cultivated lavender is the common or English lavender and its presence attracts pollinators to the garden. Plant lavender along a walkway or near a seating area.
A fragrant herb that grows as a perennial rounded evergreen shrub. It features slender, needle-like, gray-green leaves on erect woody stems. And it produces clusters of small, light blue to white flowers typically in the late spring to early summer, though it can bloom at other points of the year as well. Plant rosemary in the spring after any threat of frost has passed. The shrub has a moderate growth rate. It will reach its mature size and begin flowering in its second season.