When I was ten, the house my family rented was on a small piece of property in Orange County, California, that had a small lemon grove. My oldest brother, sister and I were latchkey kids at the time and we often snacked on the lemons by cutting them in half and sprinkling sugar on them. I can remember the sensation to this day as a real mixed pleasure. Too much lemon and we were basically squeezing our eyes shut because of the tartness. But when the balance was right, we definitely enjoyed the experience.

Lemons have been part our U.S. culture for a long time, perhaps most frequently with lemon slices included in drinking water at restaurants. Some favorites are lemon meringue pie, lemon-filled donuts, lemons served with fish, and all different kinds of lemon chicken. 

Here’s a 3-minute video on all the ways to use lemon peels. Here’s a 4-minute video on making a very simple lemon cake with lemon frosting. Here’s a 2-minute video on growing a lemon tree in a pot.

FunFacts about Lemons: (Source)  

  • Basic Information, quote: The lemon, Citrus limon(L.) Osbeck, is a species of small evergreen tree in the flowering plant family Rutaceae, native to South Asia, primarily North eastern India. The tree’s ellipsoidal yellow fruit is used for culinary and non-culinary purposes throughout the world, primarily for its juice, which has both culinary and cleaning uses. The pulp and rind (zest) are also used in cooking and baking. The juice of the lemon is about 5% to 6% citric acid, with a pH of around 2.2, giving it a sour taste. The distinctive sour taste of lemon juice makes it a key ingredient in drinks and foods such as lemonade and lemon meringue pie. (Source)
  • Lemons are thought to have originated somewhere in northern India, Myanmar or China.
  • Lemons arrived in Europe during the 2nd century AD in Ancient Rome.
  • The use of the lemon for the garden or for culinary or medicinal purposes evolved slowly in the Middle East and Europe.
  • Christopher Columbus introduced lemons to the Americas in 1493.
  • James Lind, a Scottish physician, conducted one of the first clinical trials to test the efficacy of lemons in treating scurvy.
  • The origin of the word, lemon, may be Arabic, laymūn or līmūn.
  • Lemons are a rich source of vitamin C.
  • The most common uses of lemons are, quote: Lemon juice, rind, and peel are used in a wide variety of foods and drinks. The whole lemon is used to make marmalade, lemon curd and lemon liqueur. Lemon slices and lemon rind are used as a garnish for food and drinks. Lemon zest, the grated outer rind of the fruit, is used to add flavor to baked goods, puddings, rice, and other dishes. (Source)
  • In Morocco, lemons are preserved in barrels of salt.

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48 thoughts on “Lemons

  1. I love lemon flavored desserts! I’ve got a lemon tree in the backyard, and like using the lemons to make lemon squares or lemonade.

  2. I live lemons. My mom had lemon trees up until about five years ago. She would be giving them away because it would produce so many. When I was pregnant with both of my girls I craved lemons like crazy. I would eat two/three a day(my girls love them also).

  3. Is there a more versatile fruit? I think not. They are wonderfully refreshing and beautiful.

  4. To me lemons mean lemonade. Lately I’ve been using a juicer to make my own flavored lemonades by mixing in different flavored juices. So many different flavors that make it that much better. I love the picture of the hanging lemon slices. So creative

  5. I love lemons, and oranges. They are such happy fruits. When I slice them I just have to have a little smile on my face. I love lemon filled donuts at Dunkin’ Donuts. Once a year when I go to New Jersey to visit my husbands family, I make a stop at one of the many local Dunkin’ Donuts. I sit,— I savor,—- I enjoy.

  6. Lemons. The all purpose fruit.

    I love lemon juice on salads.

    Then there’s always the expression, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.’ .

  7. We grew up with a lemon tree in our grandma’s back yard. It wasn’t until we moved to Minnesota for a few years that I realized what a privilege it was to be able to go out to the backyard and pick lemons off the tree anytime we needed them. Living in the high desert now, I appreciate the fact that my nephew has a lemon tree growing in his yard, as the freezing temperatures of winter don’t allow me to grow my own. All I have to do is drive down and visit him to be able to, once again, pick my lemons fresh off the tree.

  8. I like lemonade & my momma used to make a lemon pie that used eagle brand milk in it. That’s the only lemon pie that I like. Love the photo of the lemon slices hanging up

  9. I like lemonade and my momma used to make lemon pie that used eagle brand milk in it. That is the only lemon pie I eat.

  10. I love sweet Lemonade, but cannot like lemons by themselves. I like them in recipes though. Thanks for the blog.

  11. had a lemon tree growing up. My cousin loved when my Dad would bring her a fresh lemon. She used to slice and eat it straight. TOO sour for me!

  12. I really enjoy lemons, I use the juice on fish and in my hot tea. I drink a lot of tea, not a coffee person. I tried to grow a tree once, it didn’t survive the winter in the garage. I watched the video, didn’t use gravel. I may try again, further south so maybe I can just cover in cold weather.

  13. I love lemons especially fresh squeezed lemonade. I love anything lemon. My youngest grandson loves lemons and has always eaten lemon slices from just a toddler age. Thanks for a chance at winning one of your beautiful bracelets.

  14. I have always loved lemonade, lemon pie, & lemon cake. It was not until about 15 years ago that I found out that lemon juice really helps with kidney stones. I always try to keep some on hand & start drinking at the first sign that a stone may be moving around some. It has helped me on numerous occasions.

  15. I loved all the pictures. I really liked picture 13 seeing the Lemon Grove. We’re used to seeing Orange Groves here in Florida. There was a tiny lemon tree in my back garden when we moved in but sadly, it never bore fruit. When I make my English pancakes I always squeeze fresh lemon and sugar on them.

  16. I am from Virginia. I love lemons! I especially love lemons in my green tea, whether hot or cold. I use lemons when I am cooking fish or making salad dressing from scratch.
    I wish I had a lemon tree but I live in an apartment. Maybe next summer I will look into growing one in a very large pot.

  17. Thanks, Everyone, for sharing your likes and dislikes, your experiences and your stories! Love them all!

    Buckeye, Arizona USA

  18. I have several citrus trees in my yard and as much as I love the fruit, I don’t get much

    Thanks for sharing Caris!

  19. So many uses for lemons!! I have yet to meet a person who doesn’t have some form of lemon in their house, whether it be actual lemons, lemon juice, or cleaning solution!!

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