In January 2020, lemons were in abundance on the Tajik market and there was no demand for them so prices rapidly declined. One year later, the situation is the exact opposite. The prices for lemons in January 2021, according to EastFruit analysts, are now three times higher than last year! The reason for such a dramatic change in the market situation is the coronavirus pandemic. The population of Tajikistan believes that vitamin C helps prevent, cure, or at least alleviate the course of coronavirus so they are willing to pay almost any amount for these citrus fruits despite the fact that the Tajik consumer is known to be relatively poor. This fact is successfully leveraged by local intermediaries or resellers who have not previously sold lemons.
It is noteworthy that lemons consumed in Tajikistan and Uzbekistan are very different from the lemons familiar to people in Europe and the Caucasus. First of all, lemons in these countries are grown in lemonariums, which are special greenhouses. Lemons from Tajikistan are a fragrant fruit with a thin skin that is more orange than yellow in colour with a special pleasant taste. Among the local lemon varieties that are especially appreciated: Meyer, Vakhsh, Lunaria, and Villafranca. These fruits have recently begun to appear on the markets of Ukraine, Russia, and Belarus, but they are usually much more expensive than Turkish lemons.
Once grown only as an ornamental garden lemon and frequently found only at farmers’ markets, the Meyer Lemon has slowly graduated into commercial production. Unlike its two popular counterparts (Eureka and Lisbon), the Meyer Lemon is favored for its mild, sweet, juicy flesh. Although still too tart to eat out-of-hand, Melissa’s Meyer Lemons are useful for flavoring both savory and sweet dishes alike. On fish, poultry, vegetables and fruit desserts, use Meyer Lemons as a low calorie seasoning. Or, use the juice as a delicious, fresh alternative to high fat salad dressings and sauces.
Meyer Lemon juice retards browning on cut avocados and apples, while vegetables like potatoes, cauliflower and turnips will stay white when cooked in water with a little lemon juice added. Melissa’s Meyer Lemons are hand selected for excellent quality. Skin should be smooth and brightly colored. Choose firm lemons that are heavy for their size. Refrigerate in a plastic bag for up to 10 days or until fruit begins to show signs of age. Rinse thoroughly. Roll on a flat surface while pressing firmly with palm to release juice before cutting. The following prohibit the shipment of any citrus into their state: Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Texas, and Hawaii.
Features of Meyer Lemon
Meyer Lemons are different from the small, tart and acidic lemons at your grocery store – the fruit is literally a cross between traditional sour lemons and sweet oranges. That means you get both sweet and savory flavors from each squeeze of this delicious fruit!