Lemon Facts

1. Nutritionally, the lemon constitutes one of nature’s seven top sources of potassium, a mineral that promotes clear thinking, aids in normalizing blood pressure, and works with sodium to regulate the body’s water balance.

2. Lemons are nature’s top source of citric acid, a life essential found in the cells of all living creatures

3. The lemon is also a first rate insect bite repellent, not just because of its citric and ascorbic acid content but because of the organic citrus compound azadirachtin, a potent natural insect repellent which is secreted by the skin of the lemon.

4. Add the juice of one lemon to an equal amount of hot water for an anti-bacterial gargle.

5. High in Vitamin C, lemons prevent scurvy, a disease that causes bleeding gums, loose teeth and aching joints. To this day, the British Navy requires ships to carry enough lemons so that every sailor can have one ounce of lemon juice a day.

6. The juice of half a lemon in warm water morning, noon, and night helps eliminate toxins and ease aches

7. Fresh lemon juice has only 4 calories per tablespoon, and a trace of sodium

8. Fresh squeezed lemon in a glass of water is said to cleanse the liver. Lemons are also believed to stimulate the metabolism.

9. Lemon juice promotes perspiration and helps block pain. When lemon juice is heated, salicylic acid – the chemical cursor of aspirin’s active ingredient is produced

10. To use lemon juice as an astringent body pack, mix juice with oatmeal and sponge mixture over your skin.

11. Christopher Columbus introduced citrus trees to the island of Haiti in 1493 during his second voyage, by planting the seed of a lemon.

12. Sprinkle lemons with water and refrigerate in a plastic bag, lemons will last a month or more frozen.

13. Lemon Trees grow 10-20 feet

14. Wealthy Victorians grew lemon trees indoors as a sign of prestige. They used the lively scented plants to keep their large estates smelling fresh.

15. Lemon trees bloom and produce fruit year–round on the California coast. Each tree can produce between 500 and 600 pounds of lemons in a year

16. California and Arizona produce 100% of the entire U.S. lemon crop

17. During the European Renaissance, fashionable ladies used lemon juice as a way to redden their lips.

18. Lemons are thought to have originated in Southern China, and were later introduced into Assyna, where they were discovered by soldiers serving Alexander the Great, who took them back to Greece.

19. The Meyer lemon, actually a cross between a lemon and a mandarin, was named for Frank N. Meyer who first discovered it in 1908

20. A halved lemon dipped in salt or baking powder can be used to brighten copper and silver cookware. The acid cuts through the tarnish and the abrasives assist the cleaning.

21. A popular science experiment in schools involves attaching electrodes to a lemon and using it as a battery to power a light. The electricity generated in this way can also power a small motor.

22. When given a choice of orange, grapefruit, peaches, apples and a lemon, cattle will eat lemons first. This is thought to be because lemons and their citric acid aid in digestion.