Lemons thrive in warm and tropical climates. There is no end to what you can do with fresh lemons. Enjoy the juice of a lemon, the zest, a lemon slice or lemon preserves.
Lemons contain their own antiseptic and natural medications, and the effects of lemon oil are both calming and refreshing.
Lemons are in season during the warm months of spring and summer. Generally, they are sold throughout the year in South Africa.
How to choose?
Choose a lemon that is heavy. The heavier the fruit, the thinner the skin and the more juice it has. A ripe lemon should be firm with a deep yellow colour.
How to prepare?
You can cut a lemon into slices or wedges and add it to hot tea for that extra bit of Vitamin C. Use it for garnish on salads or squeeze it over other raw fruits and vegetables to prevent them from turning brown. Lemon juice is great for sprinkling over fish and seafood dishes.
Lemons can be a versatile household cleaner and can also be used to clean microwaves, stainless-steel pots and sinks. You can toss lemons in the disposal and it will deodorise the garbage.
How to store?
Store them away from sunlight if you plan to use them within a few days. They can stay fresh for about one week at room temperature but after that period, they’ll start to wrinkle, lose their vibrant colour and develop soft or hard patches.
Store extra lemons in zip-locked bags and store cut lemons face down on a small plate.
Freeze slices to add to drinks for a refreshing lemon spritzer.
Per 100 grams:
- Fat 0,3g,
- Sodium 2 mg,
- Potassium 138 mg,
- Protein 1,1 g.
If you’re looking for more information on healthy seasonal ingredients that can be added to your healthy eating plan, be sure to take a look at Flora’s list of seasonal ingredients.