Why? Because you can! And pickle, and jam, or otherwise celebrate the resurgence of the domestic arts our forebears held so dear. Put on your best apron and step into our kitchen, won't you?
Preserved lemons are the darlings of citrus season. They're the perfect counterpoint to a dreary winter's day, adding bright flavors to slow cooked dishes like beans & grains, braised meats, salads & sweets. And they're fabulous in a martini.
If for no other reason, I think you should make this marmalade for the smell alone. Every time I walk past the jar I have to open the lid and smell it. It is not only marmalade, but aromatherapy too.
Candied blood orange, bergamot, meyer lemon, and grapefruit peels make a dee-li-cious winter treat. And you end up with scrumptious citrus simple syrup and lots of citrus juice, too.
Meyer Lemon Curd: a wonderful sweet and buttery lemon spread, perfect for slathering on biscuits or scones.
If you have to make kiwi meyer lemon jam and then fly across the continent, this is the way to do it.
Seasonal (though not local) meyer lemons (from lemonladies.com) meet last season's frozen local raspberries.