- 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 in a sealed plastic bag in the refrigerator for up to a month.
- When stored at room temperature, lemons should last about a week or two.
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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