Gila Farm Cooperative Recipes: Lemon Edition
Fall Recipes with Citrus Flavor
When Luke, 4, and Braden, 6, hosted a lemonade sale and donated their proceeds to the International Rescue Committee in Phoenix, it inspired us to become reacquinted with this underrated citrus staple! Lemons are a wonderful source of immune-boosting Vitamin C and beta carotenes and because of their highly acidic nature, they bring out the nuanced flavors of other ingredients, acting as a perfect addition to healthy, fresh meals. We utilize lemons often in our own cooking and while our lemons aren’t quite ready for harvest right now, our cookbook highlights the versatility of cooking with lemons in both the simplest and most diverse dishes. Dishes ranging from Greek tomato salads, Middle Eastern tabouleh, South African green beans, Iraqi dolmas and Cape Verde Vegetable Soup dishes are enhanced by the subtle zing of lemon juice.
But even though it’s almost November, the weather still hasn’t been suitable for the usual fall recipes of warm dishes with hearty squash and root vegetables. (Psst: but that hasn’t stopped us from wanting to eat everything pumpkin-flavored!) While the summery weather continues on, here’s a recipe to keep you cool as you yearn for nights by the fire in your winter blankets. Acting as a nice compromise, it brings together the concept of a flavorful soup, conjuring images of a red-leafed fall, but served chill to accomodate for our desert surroundings! With the added lemon, this is a perfect marriage of our autumn longings and our summery circumstances. This recipe is from our Gila Farm Cooperative Cookbook that you can order here if you’d like to learn more about our farmers and discover other dishes to experience with your friends and family.
Chilled Citrus Cucumber Soup
5 large cucumbers
1/2 cup fresh mint, chopped
2 green onions
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup lime juice
2 teaspoons lemon zest
1 teaspoon sugar
2 cups crushed ice or ice cubes
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
In a blender or large food processor, combine cucumber, mint, scallions, lemon juice, lime juice, zest and sugar. Process until smooth. Add ice and blend again until smooth. Season with salt and pepper and serve immediately in chilled bowls.