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
- Increased Immune Function
- Protection Against Heart Disease
- Alleviation of Cardiovascular Disease
- Alleviation of Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
- Osteoporosis Protection
- Stroke Prevention Flavonoids found in lemons are believed to have antioxidant and anti-cancer properties.
*Some of these health benefits are due to the nutrients highly concentrated in Lemons, and may not necessarily be related to Lemons.
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.)
Lemons have a sharp acidic taste with a juicy texture.
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.
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Natural vitamins, minerals, and nutrients found in Lemons + Complete Nutrition FactsVitamin C | Dietary Fiber | Potassium | Click here to compare these nutrition facts with other fruits.
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