Juicy, acidic, yet flavourful, lemon is one of the most widely used citrus fruits worldwide. Lemons are oval citrus fruits with smooth porous skin. Some fruits have a pointed tip on the bottom of the fruit while other lemons are rounded at the base. Lemon fruits color range from greenish yellow to bright yellow. Lemons look very similar to limes, but lemons tend to be a little larger and are yellow (when ripe), where limes are green. Lemons are very low in Cholesterol, Saturated Fat, and Sodium. They're also good source of Vitamin B6, Iron AND Potassium, and an excellent source of Dietary Fiber and Vitamin C.
Selection & Storage:
Good-quality lemons have to be firm, smooth-skinned and heavy for their size. Medium to large-sized lemons are generally better.Store lemons at room temperature, away from sunlight, up to 2 weeks. Or, store lemons in the refrigerator up to 3 weeks. Lemons should be used soon after they are sliced.
Lemons are great for juicing and turning into lemonade. To get more juice from a lemon, first bring the fruit to room temperature and roll on a hard surface while pressing down on the lemon - or - Microwave for 30 seconds to increase juice content. You can use lemon juice to apples and avocados to prevent browning after they are sliced.