Lemons (Citrus limon) are oval shaped fruits with a thick yellow skin, fibrous yellow flesh, and little white seeds at their center. Some forms of lemons, such as Meyer lemons, can be orange colored.
Health Benefits of Lemons
*Some of these health benefits are due to the nutrients highly concentrated in Lemons, and may not necessarily be related to Lemons.
Natural vitamins, minerals, and nutrients found in Lemons + Complete Nutrition FactsVitamin C | Dietary Fiber | Potassium |
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How to choose Lemons: Look for firm, vibrantly colored lemons with only a light smell. Avoid any lemons which feel soft, as this is a sign they have started to rot.
How to store Lemons: The citric acid (vitamin C) in lemons is itself a preservative. Lemons stored in the fridge can last up to a month.
Climate and origin: It is unknown where lemons originated, however it is thought to be in India. Lemons are tropical fruits and thrive in zones 9-10 (in the U.S.) with some varieties hybridized to grow in colder temperate climates. (Zone 5 in the U.S.)
Taste: Lemons have a sharp acidic taste with a juicy texture.
Miscellaneous information: Grating the skin of lemons to make lemon zest is a great way to add spice and flavor to a variety of dishes. Lemon zest is also a good source of vitamin C and calcium. Click to see nutrition facts for Lemon Zest.
Similar tasting produce: Lime
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