The ingredient: lemon
Our love affair with the sunshine-colored lemon is evident throughout society. From facial peels to cold remedies to household cleaning products, we look to the little yellow fruit to cleanse, disinfect, heal and exude freshness.
The lemon packs a flavorful punch as well. When life hands you lemons, forget the lemonade. Savor its fresh-squeezed summer flavor with one of our 4 lemon recipes: Lemon Bars, Preserved Lemons, Lemon-Ricotta Bruschetta and Salmon & Asparagus en Papillote with Lemony Gremolata.
Did you know?
- Arab merchants are thought to have brought the lemon to Spain and Northern Africa during the Middle Ages. The fruit in the Americas dates back to 1493 when Christopher Columbus planted lemons, limes and sweet oranges to augment the native foods he found.
- In the Middle Ages, oils and powders made from lemon rinds were often stirred into love potions. More recently (in the last century) a common bit of folk wisdom suggested that a small heart cut from lemon peel and carried in the pocket would attract a suitor. And to this day, some say that a dream of lemons foretells good fortune in romantic relationships.
- To prevent scurvy, English ships were once required by law to carry sufficient lemon or lime juice for every seaman to have an ounce daily after being at sea for more than 10 days.
- Its healing benefits have made the fruit popular in cold remedies as well. But perhaps the main health benefit is in its juice. Lemon juice contains vitamin C, which helps broken bones, promotes strong gums and teeth and fights infection. It also has smaller amounts of the B vitamins and niacin.
Looking for more lemon recipes?
Squeeze in one more and bake up a basket of our Lemon-Ginger Scones. Watch our fun how-to video and download the recipe now.