When Life Gives You Lemons

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To say that I like lemon – in all its iterations (household cleaning products, personal care products, beverages, meals, desserts, the list goes on and on) – would be an understatement. I love the refreshing taste of lemon, the way it enhances the taste of foods like chicken and pork, and its clean, fresh, energizing scent.

Lemon hot tea, lemon juice, lemon seltzer, lemon sparkling water, limoncello, lemon pie, lemon meringue pie, lemon cake, lemon bars, lemon cookies, lemon pudding, lemon gelatin, lemon yogurt, lemonade (plus raspberry lemonade and blackberry lemonade), lemon sorbet, lemon sherbet, lemon disinfecting wipes, lemon hand sanitizer, lemon dish detergent, lemon hand soap (in foam, ultra-moisturizing, sanitizing and bar styles), lemon poppy seed dressing, lemon orzo, lemon pepper chicken, (easy honey) lemon chicken (mygorgeousrecipes.com), (easy and fresh garlic and) lemon pasta (twopurplefigs.com)…

Lemon, lemon, lemon, I simply can’t have enough. I think my love of lemon comes through loud and clear.

I’m also a big fan of the regular drinking water with the addition of lemon juice. Since water provides great hydration, and I know I should drink water throughout the day, I like to add lemon juice to improve the flavor so I drink more.

I wasn’t content with merely detailing my love of lemon for this blog. Oh no, I was inspired to toddle off to Google to educate myself (and hopefully you, the reader), about this citrus fruit gem.

According to Wikipedia:

“The lemon, Citrus limon, is a species of small evergreen tree in the flowering plant family Rutaceae, native to South Asia, primarily North eastern India.

“The tree’s ellipsoidal yellow fruit is used for culinary and non-culinary purposes throughout the world, primarily for its juice, which has both culinary and cleaning uses. The pulp and rind are also used in cooking and baking. The juice of the lemon is about 5% to 6% citric acid, with a pH of around 2.2, giving it a sour taste. The distinctive sour taste of lemon juice makes it a key ingredient in drinks and foods such as lemonade and lemon meringue pie.”

As for varieties of lemons, Wikipedia lists five:

“The ‘Bonnie Brae’ is oblong, smooth, thin-skinned and seedless. These are mostly grown in San Diego County, USA.

“The ‘Eureka’ grows year-round and abundantly. This is the common supermarket lemon, also known as ‘Four Seasons’ (Quatre Saisons) because of its ability to produce fruit and flowers together throughout the year. This variety is also available as a plant to domestic customers. There is also a pink-fleshed Eureka lemon, with a green and yellow variegated outer skin.

“The Lisbon lemon is very similar to the Eureka and is the other common supermarket lemon. It is smoother than the Eureka, has thinner skin, and has fewer or no seeds. It generally produces more juice than the Eureka.

“The ‘Femminello St. Teresa’, or ‘Sorrento’ is native to Italy. This fruit’s zest is high in lemon oils. It is the variety traditionally used in the making of limoncello.
“The ‘Yen Ben’ is an Australasian cultivar.”

My next stop on the Internet Trail was Healthline.com, which says:

“Lemons contain a high amount of vitamin C, soluble fiber, and plant compounds that give them a number of health benefits.

“Lemons may aid weight loss and reduce your risk of heart disease, anemia, kidney stones, digestive issues, and cancer.

“Not only are lemons a very healthy fruit, but they also have a distinct, pleasant taste and smell that make them a great addition to foods and drinks.”

And finally, Medicalnewstoday.com extols the virtues of lemon and reminds us of the risks:

“Lemons give flavor to baked goods, sauces, salad dressings, marinades, drinks, and desserts, and they are also a good source of vitamin C.

“Lemons have a high acid content, so their juice may affect people with:

“Mouth ulcers: It can cause a stinging sensation.

“Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD): It can worsen symptoms, such as heartburn and regurgitation.”

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Just remember, as with everything in moderation (which is something I routinely call to my attention, lol) including lemons and lemon juice in your diet, along with healthy and nutritious foods like chicken, pork and fresh vegetables and fruits goes a long way to promoting a wholesome lifestyle.

Are you a lemon fan?
What are some of your favorite ways
to use lemons and lemon juice?

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