When I was a tiny baby, I’m told that one of my uncles decided to be mischievous with me.
“I’m going to make the baby make a face,“ he determinedly said.
He cut a lemon and put it in my mouth.
Defying expectations, I just smiled.
And thus began a life-long love affair with lemons.
The only time lemons make me cry is when I run out. They are really my top condiment, improving almost any vegetable dish. And fish, of course.
Lemons are also good medicine. They can:
- 🍋 Stimulate digestion by just thinking about them.
- 🍋 Help you absorb iron from your food [PMID: 3593665]
- 🍋 Reduce risk of calcium kidney stones [PMID: 17919696, 16482864]
- 🍋 Are rich in compounds that fight oxidative stress, inflammation and cancer while also protecting the heart and nervous system [PMID: 31963590, 30842523, 26705419]
Remember to use the clean peel and zest, not just the juice!
I’ve always lived in northern areas where lemon don’t grow. (Yes, I know you can grow them indoors in a sunny spot, but my house does not have one of those.) So even though I understand intellectually but lemons grow on trees, actually seeing that abundance in person always blows my mind.
I regularly appreciate how lucky I am in my friends. At this time of year, one tangible manifestation of that luck is lemons.
In February I got to pick a bagful from a friend’s Meyer lemon tree in Woodland, California. And a couple of weeks later a friend in Southern California shipped me a box of Meyer lemons from her tree. I feel both wealthy and loved.
What is your favorite way to use lemons? Shoot me an email and I’ll add your ideas below.