Flavoring: Strawberries in Meyer Lemon Syrup
Are Strawberries a Super-food?
Strawberries are high in antioxidants and flavonoid phyto-chemicals called anthocyanins and ellagic acid. Because of this strawberries have potential health benefits against cancer, aging and inflammation.
Strawberries are high in Vitamin C as well as B-Complex vitamins. Vitamin V helps against infections and colds. B-complex vitamins help the body metabolize fat.
Strawberries have Vitamins A and E, which help the body's defense against free radicals and ageing.
Strawberries also contain a lot of potassium – not as much as bananas, but plenty. Potassium help with heart rate and controlling blood pressure. Also, if you suffer from muscle twitching, lack of potassium may be one of the culprits.
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Luxe flavoring? Easy topping?
- 1/4 c strawberries, sliced
- 2 T Meyer lemon juice, ~ 1/2 a lemon
- 2 tsp. sugar
- Place sliced strawberries in a bowl.
- Sprinkle with sugar.
- Pour Meyer lemon juice over strawberries. Mix until sugar is dissolved.
- Refrigerate several hours; overnight is best.
The strawberries make a rich topping. Use them over pound cake with fresh whipped cream for a luxe take on strawberry shortcake. Layer them with cookies and crème fraîche for a parfait. I like to make breakfast more delectable by piling the strawberries on top of ricotta-topped waffles.
The Meyer lemon syrup serves as a delicious topping. Drizzle it over cheesecake. Flavor iced tea for a fresh fruit tea. My favorite use is as an additive to Meyer Lemon Sparkler.
The Meyer Lemon
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Meyer vs. Regular Lemons from Produce Geek
What's a Meyer lemon?
Meyer lemons feature a richer flavor than a regular lemon. They taste a little like a tangelo but are somewhat more acidic. They are also packed with juice. If you have grown addicted to the deep flavor of Meyer lemons, as I have, and do not live in a temperate climate – Colorado girl here – then you have to enjoy this delicacy in an abbreviated season: December to March. I have found Meyer lemons at Whole Foods and at Sprouts.
Frank N. Meyer identified these lemons in 1908, and lent them his name, obviously. It is a hybrid, likely between a lemon and an orange, perhaps a Mandarin. Their color is certainly deeper than a regular lemon. Their skin is also much thinner, making it easy to identify the juiciest of this already juicy fruit.