I love lemons. Love, love, love them! Pucker up everyone, because we are going to take a journey to learn all the many benefits of living by loving lemons. Sometimes only seen as the sour yellow cousin of the mighty orange or the accompanying garnish in your favorite libations, the lemon just finishes it off. They are one of the very few fruits which can be used well in both sweet and savory dishes and they are available all year long. Lemons are more commonly known as the fruit that evokes images of sunshine and the sweet smiles of children standing in front of their homemade lemonade stands. While most lemons are tart, acidic and astringent, they are also surprisingly refreshing.
Lemons are an excellent source of vitamin C, containing about one-third more than limes. They both add flavor to dishes, which can be helpful if you’re cutting back on salt. Owing to the multitude of vitamin C’s health benefits, it is not surprising that research has shown that consumption of vegetables and fruits high in this nutrient is associated with a reduced risk of death from all causes including heart disease, stroke and cancer.
The next time life hands you lemons …… make lemon meringue pie!