This is going to be a short Weekend Herb Blogging post with no recipe because I'm busy today getting Christmas stuff ready and also I want to get my Christmas Message posted right after this. (Yes, I admit I'm bumping it up a day. I'm just like a kid waiting for Christmas about this message! I guess I just can't wait any longer to share it.)
Still, I think this will interest you, unless you live somewhere where lemons grow, in which case you might have already seen this gigantic lemon. The huge pimpled skin lemon above is called a Ponderosa Lemon. An adorable student of mine named Ben brought one to school for "show and tell". His grandmother spends the winters in Arizona, and she had brought some home to Utah for Christmas. I was completely entranced with the Ponderosa lemon, and Ben must have noticed because the next day he showed up with one for me as a gift.
When I did some online research on Ponderosa Lemons, I found that they are a little less hardy than other lemon trees, but can be grown most places where there is not hard frost. I borrowed this photo from Trade Winds Fruit, which sells the seeds, so you can see how they look when they are growing. I also found a place that sells the plants, and they even hinted about the plant being grown indoors, which certainly piqued my interest. Ben's grandmother told me that she has gotten as much as a cup of juice from one lemon. I buy the bags of lemons at Costco and squeeze the juice, so having a lemon tree would be wonderful.