Every time I head down to my parents house in San Diego I always return home with a huge bag of lemons from the magic lemon tree. “Magic” lemon tree? Yes, my parents backyard contains a magical tree! First of all it’s huge! And secondly it produces hundreds of lemons year round! I’ve never seen a tree produce so many lemons! (p.s. I shot this pic after I picked about 40 lemons off of it!)
I am always looking for new and creative ways to use lemons. It’s a tradition in my family to make homemade limoncello every Spring. More on that later! 😉 And it got me thinking about the properties of lemons… I’m sure they are good for you, but just why? So I decided to investigate a little. Here’s what I found:
– Lemons contain no saturated fats or cholesterol, but are rich in dietary fiber (7.36% of RDA)
– They contain up to 8% citric acid in its juice. Citric acid is a natural preservative, aids digestion (why it’s perfect for limoncello!) . Studies found that citric acid help dissolve kidney stones.
– They also are a good source of B-complex vitamins such as pantothenic acid, pyridoxine, and folates. These vitamins are essential in the sense that body requires them from external sources to replenish.
– Lemons contain a healthy amount of minerals like iron, copper, potassium, and calcium. Potassium in an important component of cell and body fluids helps control heart rate and blood pressure.
So there you go! When life gives you lemons, make anything you can from them!
*information collected from wikipedia.com