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When Life Hands You Lemons…


You guessed it. I just made some lemonade myself, but all I had to do was squeeze one of these delicious Myer lemons into a glass of ice water. Meyers are thought to be a cross between lemons and mandarin oranges. They’re the perfect blend of sweet and tart, they’re oh so juicy, and they smell amazing.

One lemon provides just 15 calories but over 45% of all the vitamin C we need for the day. Vitamin C is a potent anti-oxidant (remember my post the other day about fresh cut apples turning brown from oxidation? well, squirting them with lemon prevents this). And natural substances in lemons have been linked to fighting cancers of the mouth, skin, lung, breast, stomach and colon.

Lemon wedges are also great in tea (hot or cold) of course, but that’s not all. I love freshly squeezed lemon juice in hummus, Tabouli, couscous, polenta, salsa, steamed veggies, and garden salads. Lemons are like a ray of sunshine in your plate, cup or bowl!

Ok, time for today’s fun facts:
-Lemon laws protect consumers against vehicles found to be “persistently defective”
-Lemons are sometimes referred to as “golden apples”
-The Lemonheads are an alternative rock band from Boston
-Other lemon types include Avon, Berna, Eureka, Harvey, Lisbon, Perrine, Villafranca, and at least half a dozen more
-During the Gold Rush, miners paid up to $1 per lemon (whoa, that was a lot in the 1850s!) to protect against scurvy
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