Lemons

Seasonality:

  • Lemons are in season year-round.

Health Benefits of Lemons:

  • Lemons contain vitamin C, citric acid, flavonoids, B-complex vitamins, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and fiber.
  • The Vitamin C and flavonoids in lemons that help fight infections like the flu and colds.
  • Lemons contain 22 anti-cancer compounds.
  • Lemons contain more potassium than apples or grapes. Potassium is beneficial to the heart.

How to Select Lemons:

  • Choose lemons that are heavy for their size, give slightly when gentle pressure is applied and have a pleasant fragrance.
  • The skin of a lemon should be bright yellow with no wrinkling.
  • Avoid lemons that are too soft or have signs of mold.

How to Store Lemons:

  • Store lemons at room temperature, away from sunlight, for a week or longer.

How to Prepare Lemons:

  • Always wash before slicing.
  • Before juicing, roll a room-temperature lemon under your palm to break down the cells inside the fruit that hold liquid. If a lemon is especially hard, microwave it for 20 seconds. You should get 2 to 3 tablespoons of juice per fruit.

Fun Facts About Lemons:

  • One lemon contains a full day’s supply of ascorbic acid, or vitamin C, but that’s the whole fruit; the juice holds about a third.
  • For hundreds of years, sailors and explorers ate lemons or limes to prevent scurvy on long sea voyages. Scurvy was caused by a lack of Vitamin C.
  • Lemon trees produce fruit all year round. One tree can produce between 500 and 600 pounds of lemons in a year.
  • Did you know lemons can be used for more than adding flavor to your water? Check out these 7 Tips for Using Lemons in the Kitchen including cleaning tips, seasoning ideas and more!

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