Everything you need to know about… lemons
Sour to taste with a refreshing zesty scent, lemons have a rich history that can be traced back as far as the first century AD. The very first citrus trees appeared approximately 8 million years ago in the southeast foothills of the Himalayas before spreading across the world.
Lemons are native to Asia, more specifically northeast India, northern Myanmar, and China where they are often worshipped as a symbol of happiness and joy. For ancient Roman’s lemons were considered a luxury item only available to the rich and powerful, and during their long history lemons were once so rare that kings gifted them to one another as a sign of good faith.
Lemons are high in vitamin C, an essential nutrient and antioxidant which is vital in the production of collagen, iron absorption, and boosting the immune system. There are so many ways to use the humble lemon - try it in your cooking to flavour sweet or savoury foods, and use it to create delicious dressings, desserts, and drinks.
Lemons can be used around the home to help remove stubborn stains, brighten whites in the laundry, polish copper or cutlery, and they are an excellent way to prevent fruit from oxidising.