- Posted January 27, 2013 by
More Information: Culinary and Non-Culinary Uses of Lemons
“When life gives you lemons, make lemonade!” That’s surely a great slogan for those in the business of growing lemons. However, there is much more uses (some quite unexpected) of this bright yellow citrus fruit with a distinct sour juice than just mixing it with water, ice and sugar to make a fantastic summer quencher.
Not a lot of people know that lemons are a natural energizer that helps hydrate and oxygenate the body? The citric acids, other compounds particularly phyto nutrients in the juice are the key components that does this making the body feed revitalized and refreshed. Apart from this, other health benefits of lemons include an immune system boosting effect, pH balancer, flushes out toxins in the body and cleans the blood, anti ageing properties, toothache and sore throat relief, helps promote weight loss and lowers fever.
With all these health benefits complemented by a unique sour flavor, it certainly shouldn’t take much motivation for people to use A light spritz of lemon on water is a great solution to soak cut up fruits to minimize discoloration. It is also an indispensable ingredient in and accompaniment to many European and Asian dishes like paella, grilled meats and seafood, noodles and many more.
Like any agricultural product, go for organically grown lemons grown in certified farms as these are cultivated without the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides. This is important especially if you like using the rinds of the lemon for cooking and baking. If unable to source organic lemons, just make sure to wash them well before using the rind!
Lastly, a bit of lemon trivia: it is a popular misnomer that lemon or other citrus juices aggravate hyperacidity. However, a pitcher of clean water with the juice of a lemon actually helps normalize stomach acidity levels. Now if that isn’t enough, there’s also a lot of uses lemons inside and outside the kitchen. Essential oils from the rind make a popular fragrance and component from a variety of products from perfumes, air fresheners, furniture polish and many other household and industrial cleaning materials.