Lemons, the sunny fruit of everyday life

Lemon goes well with many tasty dishes, brings character, a touch of acidity and even awakens other flavors. From lemons we get refreshing lemonade. Lemon spices up delicate fish, goes well with exotic dishes and features in delicious tangy desserts, including the essential lemon tart!

In addition to its great versatility, this citrus fruit can be part of a healthy diet. Do you keep lemons in stock at home? You’ll soon see why it’s a really good habit to cultivate!

Rich in vitamins, lemons offer benefits that would be a shame to miss out on. Their great versatility makes for a tasty addition in our teas, herbal infusions, cocktails and fruit juices.

An abundance of vitamins and minerals

Rich in vitamin C and a source of vitamin B6 and potassium, lemon has recognized antioxidant properties. A squeezed lemon contains an average of 31 mg of vitamin C, or 35% of the daily value recommended by Health Canada.

Associé à sa pulpe pour profiter pleinement des fibres solubles qu’il contient, le jus de citron favorise le transit intestinal et la perte de poids. L’acide citrique qu’il contient peut aider à prévenir la formation de calculs rénaux, en augmentant le pH de l’urine.

Combined with its pulp to take full advantage of its soluble fibers, lemon juice promotes intestinal transit and weight loss. The citric acid it contains can help prevent kidney stones from forming by increasing the pH of urine. The plant compounds contained in this citrus fruit (hesperidin and diosmin) can protect against “bad” cholesterol and actively contribute to a healthy lifestyle intended to reduce cardiovascular risks. The citric acid and vitamin C in lemons help metabolize iron in food, which helps prevent anemia.

For athletes, lemon water is a source of electrolytes that helps to delightfully rehydrate the body after exercise.

A natural  cosmetic booster

The exfoliating properties of citric acid contained in lemon water help lighten dark spots on the skin.

Lemon also works miracles for the hair: It is said to lighten hair, make hair shiny, and even add volume.

Lemon essential oil is very popular as an air purifier and perfume in cosmetics.

Lemon, where are you from?

This citrus fruit from the Rutaceae family was first called limon, a word borrowed from the Arabian-Persian limûn. Lemon, a derivative of the Latin word citrus, later replaced limon to gradually become the favored term.

The first mentions of the word lemon appear in Chinese writings dating from 1175. It is described notably in detail in a work dating from 1178. This is how historians have deduced that the lemon experienced a rise in popularity between the beginning of the 10th century and the middle of the 12th century. Lemon is also said to have been cultivated by the Egyptians, Greeks and Romans in the form of the citron (citrus medica), a close relative, possibly its ancestor.

The propagation of lemon in the world was started by the Arabs who  introduced it to Africa, Spain and the Mediterranean basin. The famous European greenhouses  then developed to grow citrus locally.

At the end of the 15th century, the Spanish and Portuguese transported lemon trees to Florida whose warm climate saw them flourish.

Handy tips!

Rubbing a bug bite with a slice of lemon can help reduce the itchiness.

A few drops of lemon juice on certain fruits or vegetables such as apples, avocados or mushrooms,  prevent blackening from oxidation.

Lemon is also for cleaning. A little lemon and water to rub the stains on copper or aluminum objects will restore a beautiful shine. A rag soaked in lemon and water will remove stains on furniture or counters.

If there’s a special on lemons at the grocery store, don’t hesitate!  And collect as much juice as possible and freeze it in ice cube trays. That way, you’ll always have it on hand!

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