Meyer Lemons

Sweet and juicy, Meyer lemons are prized by chefs and loved by home cooks. Bright yellow in color, they're plumper and less acidic than regular lemons, with thinner peels and a more floral scent.

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Meyer Lemon Coffee Cake

Rating: 3.16 stars
Layers of thinly sliced Meyer lemons lend a mellow complexity to this otherwise classic dessert. Thought to be a cross of a lemon and a mandarin, the fruit has an orange cast, a thin rind, and a heavily perfumed flesh that's valued by chefs.

Meyer-Lemon and Coconut Layer Cake

A truly memorable way to feed a crowd, this dessert alternates between moist coconut cake and rich coconut-lemon curd on the inside and is covered with coconut buttercream frosting and shredded coconut on the outside. Homemade candied Meyer lemon slices and fresh mint decorate the top.

Matzo-Ball Soup with Leeks

Chicken, leeks, and carrots swim in a fragrant broth, but the star is the comforting matzo ball. Seltzer and baking powder are the keys to making airy spheres; their richness comes from the chicken fat, or, as Jewish bubbes call it, schmaltz.

Quick Preserved Lemons

This secret weapon for authentic Middle Eastern fare usually takes weeks to make, but if you use finely sliced thin-skinned Meyer lemons, you can re-create the unique flavor and texture overnight. Finely chop and add to vinaigrettes, tagines, and marinades.

Preserved Meyer Lemons

When a Meyer lemon is fully ripe, its thin, smooth skin should be a rich yellow-orange. Use these preserves in salads or stews, or whisk the pulp into a salad dressing or a Bloody Mary.

Cacio e Pepe with Lemon

Rating: 4.11 stars
Cacio e pepe is practically synonymous with Pecorino Romano -- but Pecorino clumps when cooked. Add it at the end, instead, which also makes the most of its sharp flavor. Lemon adds spunk -- that is, acidity and freshness.

Meyer Lemon Pound Cake

Rating: 3.62 stars
A crack or crevice along the top of a pound cake is a good thing—especially when it's filled with a sweet Meyer lemon glaze.

Rustic Meyer Lemon Tart

Rating: 3.45 stars
The delicate flavor of Meyer lemons can get lost in the shuffle of most lemon desserts. But this recipe is the perfect reason to seek out the special citrus; the simple curd filling really lets them shine. The dish was inspired by recipes in " Chez Panisse Desserts," by Lindsey Remolif Shere.

Meyer Lemon Upside-Down Cake

This is a delicious Meyer lemon-almond cake which, like most upside-down cakes, is impressive to behold.

Roast Chicken with Lemony Harissa Glaze

Doctor our homemade Meyer-lemon and cardamom marmalade with harissa paste for a spicy-sweet glaze that takes roast chicken to extraordinary new heights.

Roast Chicken with Meyer Lemons and Potatoes

Because of their thin skin, Meyer lemons can be eaten whole. Arranging the halves on the platter alongside the potatoes adds an extra dimension of color and flavor to this bright roast chicken dish.

Meyer Lemon Crepe Cake

Used in the curd and the candied topping, Meyer lemons subtly elevate this luscious dessert. The candied lemons, crepes, and filling are all make-ahead ingredients that can assembled just before serving.

Inspiration and Ideas

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Meyer-Lemon and Cardamom Marmalade

Meyer lemons add a bit of floral sweetness you don't always find in marmalades, balancing out the bitterness. The preserves make a sensational glaze for roast chicken.