The Meyer lemon is not a true lemon but rather a hybrid, believed to be a cross between a regular lemon and a mandarin orange.

This unique genetic combination gives the Meyer its distinct characteristics; a sweeter, less acidic taste than a typical lemon, with a subtle hint of orange flavor.

The skin is thinner and more fragrant, often with a deep yellow or orange-tinged color.

These qualities make the Meyer lemon a versatile and highly sought-after ingredient in both savory and sweet dishes, as well as in cocktails and other beverages.

The Meyer lemon’s unique blend of flavors and its softer, more easily zested skin has helped it to become a favorite among chefs and food enthusiasts.

On a Chinese plant-hunting expedition in the early 20th century, Frank Nicolas Meyer, an agricultural explorer working for the United States Department of Agriculture, is credited with discovering the lemon.

Facts About Meyer Lemons