Foods by Color: Lemons

lemon photographI love lemons, don’t you? When I was younger I used to enjoy cutting a lemon in half, sprinkling with a little sugar and eating it with a spoon. My dad would get upset with me whenever he caught me indulging in this because it was “bad for my teeth.” My grandparents had an awesome lemon tree in their front yard that my older brother Kevin was infamous for picking from and chucking the lemons down the street (they lived on the top of a steep hill so those lemons gained speed!).  I guess what I’m saying is lemons have sentimental meaning to me, and as a bonus, they are pretty nutritious.

Health Benefits

Lemons have been used in folk remedies for a long time, and the benefits are now being documented in science.  Hot water and lemon has positive effects on the liver and digestion.  Lemons are a great source of vitamin C, a strong antioxidant, and an anti-inflammatory agent.  Lemons also have compounds limonoids and limonene (found in the peel), which have anti-cancer properties.  You don’t have to eat a lot of lemon zest; consuming just 1 tablespoon of lemon zest a week can help make a significant difference to your health.

Selection and Storage

To select, look for smooth, brightly-colored skin, and lemons that feel heavy for their size. Lemons are juiciest when stored at room temperature, but will last longer (up to five days) in the refrigerator crisper. You can also store lemon juice in the freezer.

Lemon Recipe Round-Up
Lemon Recipes

fettucine with lemon and artichokeFettuccine with Artichokes and Lemons from La Casa Sin Tiempo

lemon ricotta pancakesLemon Ricotta Pancakes from the Novice Chef

lemon walnut quinoa saladLemon-Walnut Quinoa Salad with Radishes & Chickpeas from Love and Lemons

Baked greek chicken from the wanderlust kitchenBaked Greek Chicken from Wanderlust Kitchen

lemon chicken stewLemon Chicken Stew from Foodie Crush

Easy SoleEasy Sole Meuniere from Barefoot Contessa

kale strawberry avocado salad with lemon poppy seed dressingKale, Strawberry and Avocado Salad with Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing from Two Peas and Their Pod

creamy ravioli with squash and lemonCreamy Ravioli with Squash and Lemon from Real Simple

lemon kale starbwerry smoothieKale Smoothie with Strawberry and Lemon from Green Lemonade

asparagus lemon and goat cheese pastaAsparagus, Goat Cheese and Lemon Pasta from Smitten Kitchen

lemon honey thyme sorbetLemon, Honey & Thyme Sorbet from My Darling Lemon Thyme

lemon chickenLemon Chicken from Annie’s Eats

lemon garlic pastaLemon Garlic Spaghetti from I Nom Things

strawberry salad with lemon roasted chickpeasStrawberry Spring Salad with Lemon Roasted Chickpeas from Edible Perspective

Eat more lemons!

{Sources: 150 Healthiesst Foods on Earth by Jonny Bowden Photo Source: Jessica Reiss Pix on Etsy}

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