The etrog is a medium-sized citrus fruit, with a color, scent and taste similar to a lemon. It is used in the waving rituals of the festival of Sukkot, where it is said to represent the heart (because of its shape), and also said to represent the ideal kind of Jews, who have both knowledge of Torah and good deeds (because it has both a pleasant scent and a pleasant taste). -Excerpted from Judaism 101
I have always loved lemons. When I was nine I planted a couple seeds after making lemonade. I watched one of them sprout and grow up into a sturdy, fragrant lemon tree that accompanied me through life. Several years ago, for a variety of reasons, I passed the tree along to one of my sisters.
Recently, while visiting the New York Botanical Garden, my son told me he missed the lemon tree and suggested we plant an etrog tree to replace it. Since his 10th birthday was approaching, this struck me as a perfect gift idea. I went home that day, did some googling, and found Zaide Reuven's Esrog Farm. I ordered three.