I use jasmine rice in this recipe because it's more flavorful than most rice and because it remains soft and creamy when cold. So, if you like to eat your rice pudding chilled, you'll still get that creamy texture.
If you are new to Meyer lemons, you'll find that their flavor is a cross between a lemon and mandarin orange. They are so fragrant!
Use a light hand when zesting your lemons. You just want the very outer yellow skin. The white layer (the pith) is very bitter.