The story of Sweet Lemon

This is my first blogpost. I’m very excited about this and can not wait to share all sorts of deliciousness with you.

It took me a while to figure out a name for this blog. I knew I wanted to have “lemon” in the name because I just love lemons and limes and the smell, but I also wanted the title to carry a Persian theme (yes, I’m persian). So after consulting with my sister for a while, we came up with this name.  It’s perfect, at least I think it is. To me, it conveys the three different tastes in food and I just can’t live without salt.

You are asking what this has to do with Persian? Ah!
Sweet Lemon (Limoo Shirin in Farsi) is a citrus that has a lot of vitamin C, as you can imagine, while being very sweet. Growing up, my mom would squeeze two, three sweet lemons and mix them with the juice of an orange every time me and my sister got sick. There was a trick to it though. You had to drink it fast. Sweet lemon juice will go bitter if it stays for more than 10 minutes. The sad part is that you can’t even save it in the fridge, it will still go bitter.  And oh the smell.  It is a combination of citrusy, sweet and a tad of bitter.

I haven’t been able to find this citrus anywhere ever since I moved to the States, although recently, my friend Rosha found them at a Mexican store in Mountain View, CA and bought them for me. This led me to believe that this citrus is only grown in that part of the world. I can still taste the sweetness combined with a subtle bitterness in my mouth and to this date, every time I get sick, I wish my om would force me to drink it all the way and would come back to my room after 10 minutes to check if I have finished it and tell me: “it will go bitter”.