Delicious and Succulent Fruits: Indulge 7

Photo: Phimphakan Lebel

Yellow lemons dangling resplendently like drops of crystals from a chandelier in the Palace of Versailles. This particular tree belongs in my grandmother’s garden; a beautiful sanctuary of healthy plants and redolent herbs, which she tends to with the dexterity and knowing of a seasoned agriculturalist. These richly yellow fruits have nutritional, as well as sentimental value. To wit, chilled lemonade during the warm summers of Western Australia, decadent tarts and cakes for afternoon tea with my grandparents’ old friends, sour and salty avocado slices after school, and grilled salmon with a drizzle of lemon juice for special dinners. Even the rind makes a garnished appearance in my grandfather’s famous sticky rice and mango recipe. So saying, it should come as no surprise to know that our family’s motto is:

“When life gives you lemons, make lemon meringue pie.”