Lemons have so many uses, from culinary delights to beauty and health. See below for 25 great things you can do with lemons from flavoring foods to relieving dandruff.
The queen of all lemons is the Meyers’ variety which we put in the CSA boxes during certain times of the year.
About Meyers Lemons:
- thought to be a cross of mandarin orange and a Eureka or Lisbon lemon
- named after Frank N. Meyer who identified them in 1908
- they have a sweeter and more floral taste than other lemons
- they can even have an slightly orange tint
- they have very thin skins, making them difficult to transport and store
How to Store Lemons:
- at room temperature
- away from exposure to sunlight
- for about one week
- afterwards, you can store in the refrigerator crisper for about four weeks.
- Place freshly squeezed lemon juice in ice cube trays until frozen, subsequently storing them in plastic bags in the freezer.
- Dried lemon zest should be stored in a cool and dry place in an airtight glass container.
How to Prepare:
- always juice them when they are at room temperature or place them in a bowl of warm water for several minutes.
- Rolling them under the palm of your hand on a flat surface will also help to extract more juice.
- Before cutting the lemon in half horizontally through the center, wash the skin so that any dirt or bacteria residing on the surface will not be transferred to the fruit’s interior.
- While you could remove any visible seeds before juicing the halves, you could also wait until after the process is complete, since there are bound to be some seeds that reside deeper and are not visible from the surface.
- The juice can then be extracted in a variety of ways. You can either use a juicer, reamer or do it the old fashioned way, squeezing by hand.
For lemon zest, only use organically grown lemons since most conventional lemons will have pesticide residues on their skin.
- After washing and drying the lemon or lime, use a zester, paring knife or vegetable peeler to remove the zest, which is the colored part of the peel.
- Make sure not to remove too much of the peel as the white pith underneath is bitter and should not be used.
- The zest can then be more finely chopped or diced if necessary.
- Place thinly sliced lemons, peel and all, underneath and around fish before cooking. Baking or broiling will soften the slices so that they can be eaten along with the fish.
- Combine lemon juice with olive or flax oil, freshly crushed garlic and pepper to make a light and refreshing salad dressing.
- If you are watching your salt intake (and even if you are not), serve lemon wedges with meals as their tartness makes a great salt substitute.
- Combine freshly squeezed lemon juice, evaporated cane juice and either plain or sparkling water to make limeade.
- Add an-easy-to-prepare zing to dinner tonight by tossing seasoned cooked brown rice with garden peas, chicken pieces, scallions, pumpkin seeds, lemon juice and lemon zest.
- Squeeze some lemon juice onto an avocado quarter and eat as is.
25 Beneficial Things to do with Lemons:
- Fights against infection
- Strong antioxidant
- Lowers blood pressure and increases the levels of HDL (good cholesterol)
- Gives a glow to the skin
- A few drops in hot water can clear the digestive system and purify liver
- Sun dry the rind and grind into a powder. Apply to the hair for a few minutes before bath to relieve headache and cool the body. 8. Applying juice to acne to dry the existing ones and prevent more
- Acts as a natural hair lightener and skin bleach
- Relieves gingivitis, stomatitis, and inflammation of the tongue
- Prevent common cold
- Prevent or treat urinary tract infection and gonorrhea
- Apply to bites and stings of certain insects to relieve its poison and pain
- Relieves colic and gastric problems. 15. Soothes the dry skin with glycerin
- Marinate seafood or meat kills bacteria and other organisms
- Lemon juice with a pinch of salt (warm) every morning lowers cholesterol levels and brings down your weight
- Prevents dehydration
- Used as a mouthwash. It removes plaque, whitens the teeth and strengthens the enamel
- A tablespoon of thick lemon syrup everyday relieves asthma
- Relieves chilblains and itchy skin
- Gargling lemon juice relieves throat infection and also used as a treatment for diphtheria
- Excellent treatment for dandruff
- Apply to face to remove wrinkles
- Helps to prevent and cure osteoarthritis
Excellent Source of –
- Vitamin C
Recent studies have shown the following health benefits:
- Support Optimal Health
- Protection against Rheumatoid Arthritis