Although lemons and other citrus fruits are indigenous to warmer climates, in recent years they have become a popular plant in many parts of the world. They do need a little care and attention but they are worth their weight in gold!
Lemons have been used in medicinal preparations for generations. The most well-known is probably a lemon and honey drink which soothes symptoms of coughs and colds.
Lemons are a source of dietary fibre and an average lemon weighing approx. 58g contains around 30mg of vitamin C.
Lemons are used in many commercial products because of their grease cutting and bleaching agents.
TIP: Don’t throw away old slices or pieces of lemon. Use them to wipe round the sink every time you wash up. It cuts through any greasy spots and leaves a lovely smell behind. Leave a slice over the outlet so that the water draining away will contain some lemon juice and help clean through the pipes and drains.
Make your own fresh organic lemonade
This is a quick recipe – no fizz though!
Roughly chop three whole (un-waxed) lemons and put them into a food processor with about 6oz (175g) of sugar and a pint (0.5l) of water.
Blend until the lemons are finely chopped. Sieve into a large bowl, pressing as much juice as you can through the sieve. Top up with another pint of cold water and serve chilled.
Text taken from ‘How to Grow Lemons‘ – downloadable now. (updated edition)
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