All About Lemons

15 Aug 2015
You may be familiar with lemons but how familiar? Test your lemon knowledge with this informative article.

Here’s a riddle for you; What do you give a lemon when it’s cut? Did you guess or did you give up? Well the answer is Lemon-aid. That’s pretty funny you have to admit. But on a more serious note; how much do you know about this fruit that you probably use quite frequently? Let’s test your lemon knowledge in this article.

It is not clear as to where exactly lemons originated but it is believed that they may have came from northwestern India where they have been grown for more than 2,500 years. Lemons weren’t originally used for food; they were actually used for ornamental plants until approximately the 10 century. Christopher Columbus brought lemons to the Caribbean in the 15th century in the form of seeds. The lemons spread throughout the islands, and in the 19th century many started using lemons as a food source and for flavouring.

Lemons are bright yellow citrus fruits with an oval shape. The flesh of lemons is juicy yet quite acid; lemons can be small or quite large. Some lemons have thin skins and some have very thick skins, the skin of the thick skinned lemons can be used to make lemon peel tea, that some of us truly love.

Lemons contain vitamin C, potassium, folic acid and strong antioxidant properties; they also don’t contain many calories. Lemon juice can clean the body of harmful contaminants that can threaten cell health. It has even been known to reduce the inflammation around bones caused by arthritis.

Drinking lemon juice can also work as a mild laxative and diuretic when mixed with warm water and consumed on a daily basis. Some people even use lemons as an astringent, by rubbing the lemon juice on their face it cleanses the pores and gives clearer skin, getting rid of acne and large pores.

Even when you are sick you can use lemons, as the juice is very effective for lowering fever and fighting and preventing colds and flu, just mix with a little honey.  You should watch your lemon juice intake though, as too many straight doses of lemon juice can erode your teeth enamel. 

When you are shopping for lemons you should know what to look for, as not all lemons are the best quality. Choose those with the brightest yellow colour because that is an indication of freshness and more juice. The skin should also be very shiny and should have no soft, hard or wrinkly patches. Once purchased, you can store lemons in a plastic bag in the refrigerator, they can last anywhere from one week to two weeks. You shouldn’t store your lemons at room temperature as this can shorten their life. If you happen to have purchased too many lemons, then you can find other ways to utilize them so that they don’t waste; make lemonade, lemon squares or just freeze the juice for later use. 

Home & Garden Caribbean Lifehack:

This is one truly cool way of using lemon juice. You know sometimes you don’t want to eat your entire apple, avocado or peach at once, so you leave them in the refrigerator only to return an hour later to notice it has darkened and looks kind of nasty, like it’s rotten or something. Well, you can prevent this from happening by brushing the exposed cut surface with some lemon juice.

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